Nassar scandal claims another MSU leader

Nassar scandal claims another MSU leader

After Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for multiple sex crimes, attention turned to Michigan State's handling of allegations that Nassar had abused athletes, some of which were MSU students.

They plan to gather in front of "The Rock" near the university's auditorium on Friday night. But after days of painful testimony from more than 150 women at Nassar's sentencing hearing in East Lansing - testimony that gave the story global reach and drove home the deeply personal impact of the abuse on each victim, and each family - board members reversed course. In February 2017, Hollis suspended gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, who has been accused by at least two Nassar victims of discouraging her from reporting Nassar.

"We're not going to chose what our university did and be silent", Mrla said. "Never again can this happen", Dianne Byrum said. "She just couldn't believe that was happening", Boyce told The Detroit News.

"We have to say that time is up".

Students say the discussion about the sexual assault problem on campus is long overdue. "We have to be that example".

"The president needed to resign", said Byrum, who was one of two trustees (along with Mitch Lyons) to ask her to do so before Wednesday's announcement. Nassar family friend Kyle Stephens was only 6 years old when Nassar began molesting her, and she testified that the abuse ripped apart her family and may have caused her father's suicide. Four of the 21 board members have already stepped down.

Trustees planned to discuss the presidential transition, as the university prepares for new investigations by the state attorney general, state lawmakers and the NCAA while facing lawsuits filed by more than 130 women and girls. "I think this will backfire on them, too".

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Many shoes have dropped since the trail of Nassar wrapped up and his sentence to spending the rest of his life and forever more beyond that in prison concluded. I've always been a Spartan, and always will be. "I am excited to be a part of the student body that takes back its campus and demands transparency from its administration".

The MSU Board of Trustees met Friday and appointed MSU Vice President and board secretary Bill Beekman as acting president to replace Simon, whose resignation was accepted with immediate effect. "The boulder had been painted white with the words "Thank you" and "#timesupmsu" written in teal.

Officials at the school and the athletic department acted like people with something to hide, probably because some of them were hiding something.

"Student leaders have been waving their hands in the air over the years since 2011 when the Office of Civil Rights investigated the institution and said you have a challenge in how you handle sexual assault." said Santavicca.

Hollis - the second top MSU official to announce their departure this week - said in an online statement he will "fully cooperate" with further investigations into Nassar's time on campus. "I am so truly sorry", Brian Mosallam said. On Saturday, he will update the media on the status of his review.

In the scandal, the NCAA fined the school $48 million, reduced the number of football scholarships, barred the team from postseason play and invalidated 112 victories.

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