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Nov. 28, 2022: Interim President responds to Big Ten Conference review and sanctions

Michigan State University Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., today issued the following statement in response to the Big Ten Conference’s review of the MSU vs. University of Michigan post-game tunnel incident: 


“Our institution does not excuse the concerning actions by some of our student-athletes. At the same time, we challenge ourselves collectively to be thoughtful in how we approach this situation so that further harm isn’t needlessly done. 


“What seems to be missing from the disciplinary outcomes are the learning opportunities that can and should coexist with findings of fault. We must ask ourselves: Are we doing enough, as leaders, to help further safety within our competitions through meaningful actions and education? Or are we risking the opportunities and livelihoods of young people without creating change for success in the future? 


“To that end, we also welcome Commissioner Warren’s offer to work with our institutions to create such an environment for everyone involved. 


“We continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigative reviews.”