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MSU considering independent investigation in Nassar scandal

Posted: 8:03 AM, Mar 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-04 13:03:30Z

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Before he resigned in January, former Michigan State University interim President John Engler said the university was done with investigations into how MSU handled the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Now, MSU trustee members are reportedly considering whether to authorize a new investigation into the scandal.

Many survivors, even trustees have called MSU to do an independent investigation since the earliest public allegations against Nassar came out in 2016.

Now, university officials are considering whether or not to authorize one.

The Detroit News reports the independent probe is being discussed by the trustees' committee on audit, risk, and compliance.

Last month, Attorney General Dana Nessel accused the university of withholding more than six-thousand documents from the AG's office, citing attorney client privilege.

However, critics and some survivors argue that investigation is limited and is not enough for MSU to understand what happened and to make changes to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Supporters of an independent investigation at MSU say an outside investigator could review those privileged documents and include them in a final report without making attorney client discussions public.

Trustees say nothing has been finalized, but there are active discussions about the nature and scope of a possible investigation.

The board of trustees are not scheduled to meet again until next month.