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President Simon: Letter to MSU Community, Jan. 19, 2018

With several events related to the terrible crimes committed by former MSU physician Larry Nassar in the news, I want to describe what we are doing to address the issues arising from this matter and, more importantly, the steps we are taking to support his victims, create the safest campus environment possible, and do our utmost to prevent something such as this from ever happening again... Read more - Letter Jan. 19, 2018


President Simon: Statement on Letter to Attorney General, Jan. 19, 2018

The testimony of Nassar’s victims this week made many of us, including me, listen to the survivors and the community in a different way... Read more - Statement Jan. 19, 2018


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National organizations selected to oversee Healing Assistance Fund

Michigan State University has selected the Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation Inc. (CMCI) and the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) to help facilitate access to counseling and mental health services for the victims of former MSU physician Larry Nassar under the MSU Healing Assistance Fund... Read more - Healing Assistance Fund


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Independent review validates best practices in patient care at MSU

Michigan State University HealthTeam’s medical policies and procedures reflect accepted and reliable best practices, as well as provide an atmosphere focused on caring and patient safety, says a new report prepared by national health care management experts... Read more - HealthTeam Review


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New grant will support sexual assault awareness program among Greek organizations

Campus officials are working to make sexual assault prevention a larger part of Greek-student life with new training programs tailored to fraternity and sorority presidents, risk managers and members... Read more - New grant


President Simon: Letter to the MSU Community, Dec. 15, 2017

Last week, former MSU physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison; he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The sentence for possession of child pornography is the first of what I hope will be many lengthy prison sentences... Read more - Letter Dec. 15, 2017


President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees, Dec. 15, 2017

I am truly sorry for the abuse you suffered, the pain it caused, and the pain it continues to cause today. I am sorry a physician who called himself a Spartan so utterly betrayed your trust and everything this university stands for... Read more - Statement Dec. 15, 2017


Message from MSU Board of Trustees on Dec. 15, 2017

We are deeply saddened by the stories of abuse that led to this moment and grateful for the courage the victims showed in coming forward... Read more - Message Dec. 15, 2017


Statement on Nassar's federal sentencing, Dec. 7, 2017

Nassar’s behavior was deeply disturbing and repugnant, as the state and federal criminal charges that he has been convicted of show... Read more - Statement Dec. 7, 2017


Response from Board of Trustees on LSJ editorial (Dec. 3, 2017)

While we respect the role newspapers such as the Lansing State Journal play in asking tough questions of our leaders and institutions, we disagree vehemently with the conclusion drawn in today’s editorial. Our full confidence in President Lou Anna K. Simon has not wavered. We firmly believe she is the right leader for this university.... Read more - Statement Dec. 3, 2017


Statement on Nassar’s convictions in Ingham and Eaton counties, Nov. 29, 2017

The convictions of Larry Nassar on Nov. 22 in Ingham County and Nov. 29 in Eaton County on state criminal sexual conduct charges represent another important step toward justice for the victims... Read more - Statement Nov. 29, 2017


Response to plaintiffs’ Nov. 22 press conference

As they have done before, today the plaintiffs’ attorneys have made accusations against the university claiming it is engaged in a ‘cover up of misconduct by university administrators.’ The university unequivocally denies this accusation... Read more - Nov. 22, 2017 Response


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Independent review finds Title IX policy compliant, reflects commitment

Michigan State University’s Title IX policies are compliant with all federal legal requirements and reflect a strong and genuine commitment to combatting sexual misconduct, according to an external report released today by a Kansas City law firm... Read more - Independent review


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From yoga to advocacy, MSU offers comprehensive support for survivors

Look around the room: Name five things that you can see. Name four that you can touch. Name three that you can hear... Read more - From yoga to advocacy


It’s On Us Sexual Assault Action Week Features Events to Empower Students

Michigan State University students, faculty and community partners will participate in several empowering and educational events during the It’s On Us Week of Action from Oct. 23-27... Read more - It's On Us



MSU Teaches Teamwork to Improve Patient Care and Safety

Teamwork is always important, but in the health care arena it can mean the difference between life and death... Read more - MSU Teaches Teamwork



MSU Empowers Students with Information to Help Prevent Sexual Violence

From an inaugural bystander training program to expanded and revamped education materials, MSU is further strengthening its efforts to prevent sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking on campus... Read more - MSU Empowers Students


Teaming Up for a Violence-Free Community

At MSU, becoming a violence-free community is a team effort... Read more - Teaming Up


MSU report details relationship violence, sexual misconduct complaints, September 29, 2017

Michigan State University’s second annual Title IX report highlights continued progress in addressing and preventing relationship violence and sexual misconduct, including the timeliness of the investigative and student conduct processes and an increase in the number and type of education and prevention programs.... Read more - MSU report details


Statement on new Title IX guidance, September 22, 2017

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the rescission of previously issued Title IX guidance and issued new guidance. MSU leadership is reviewing this information... Read more - Title IX guidance



MSU HealthTeam Commissions Outside Review to Enhance Patient Safety and Quality of Care

A state-of-the-art electronic health record system. A patient-friendly web portal. Better tracking of health tests... Read more - MSU HealthTeam


MSU announces firm, scope of work for Title IX review, September 8, 2017

As part of its commitment to continue strengthening efforts to combat sexual violence, Michigan State University has selected law firm Husch Blackwell to perform the Title IX program review announced last spring... Read more - MSU announces



Bystander Intervention: Anyone Can Intervene and Make a Difference

A woman sitting near you on a city bus is being harassed by a fellow passenger... Read more - Bystander Intervention


Updates to MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Faculty, staff, and students play a critical role in cultivating a culture of caring, safety, and respect at MSU.... Read more - Update RVSM Policy


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Chance at Childhood

MSU social work, law students team up to support abused and neglected children. Read more - Chance at Childhood


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MSU Community Shapes Future Title IX Efforts

At MSU, the entire campus community is helping to shape Title IX efforts. Read more - MSU Community


Timeline: A History of Our Commitment

For decades, MSU has strived to create a culture of safety and respect. View the Timeline 


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MSU Experts Tapped to Help Provide Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors

Two MSU experts have been appointed to serve on First Lady Sue Snyder’s statewide Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup... Read more - MSU experts tapped to help


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MSU HealthTeam Puts Patients First

MSU does more than educate health care providers who will serve the needs of Michigan’s growing, aging population... Read more - MSU HealthTeam


Statements on Nassar’s federal plea deal, July 11, 2017

As the plea agreement reached July 11 on the federal charges facing former MSU doctor Larry Nassar shows, his behavior was deeply disturbing and repugnant... Read more - Plea deal statements


Media Statement: Charges Announced in Sexual Assault Case, June 6, 2017

“The criminal sexual conduct charges brought today by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance are deeply disturbing. Sexual violence is abhorrent, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family at this difficult time... Read more - Charges Announced 


Coach Mark Dantonio: Update on football investigation, June 6, 2017

“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately... Read more - Coach June 6, 2017 


MSU Title IX Report Mid-year 2016-2017

Sexual violence and sexual misconduct continue to be pressing issues facing campuses across the country, including MSU.  As part of efforts foster a culture of safety and respect... Read MSU Title IX Report


Profile: Debra Martinez helps builds community partnerships to combat gender-based violence

As former chief of the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Special Victim Unit, attorney Debra Martinez saw firsthand how much support students need following a sexual assault... Read more - Debra Martinez


Media Statement: MSU Releases Jones Day Report, June 5, 2017 (PDF)

In February, MSU retained an external law firm, Jones Day, to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into football program staff members’ compliance with university policy in connection with the sexual assault allegations that had been announced. Read Jones Day Report (PDF)


Student Leaders Pledge to Promote a Campus Culture Where Students ‘Look Out For One Another’

The Dalai Lama may have said it best: “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”... Read more - Student Leaders Pledge


Profile: Jessica Norris, MSU's Title IX coordinator, uses civil rights law to combat sexual violence and misconduct

Jessica Norris is committed to ensuring that MSU is a safe and inclusive place for every student. She believes civil rights laws... Read more - Jessica Norris


Profile: MSU Special Victims Unit Lt. Andrea Munford Fights for Survivors

Detective Lt. Andrea Munford is a member of the MSU Police Department’s seven-person Special Victims Unit. She is passionate about ensuring that survivors... Read more - Lt. Andrea Munford  


Profile: Holly Rosen Leads MSU Safe Place, A National Model For More Than Two Decades

Holly Rosen knows that college campuses are not immune from relationship violence and stalking. More than two decades ago, she helped establish MSU Safe Place as the first... Read more - Holly Rosen  


President Simon: Letter to the MSU Community on Sexual Assault, April 26, 2017

Dear MSU community member:
As we approach the end of the school year, you likely are continuing to see media stories or comments related to the issue of sexual assault at MSU, either surrounding former MSU doctor Larry Nassar or allegations made against members of the MSU football program... Read more - President Simon April 26, 2017  


President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees on Larry Nassar Investigation, April 13, 2017

As victims continue to come forward to police regarding former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, I want to provide an update on our response to this critical situation... Read more - President Simon April 13, 2017  


Media Statement: Investigation of Sexual Assault Complaint Connected To Football Program, February 28, 2017

“Michigan State University Police is investigating allegations of sexual assault against three MSU student-athletes. The police department has been in communication with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, and upon concluding the investigations will forward its reports for review for possible criminal charges... Read more - Investigation  


Athletic Director Mark Hollis: Message to MSU Community on Football Investigation, February 28, 2017

"The core values of MSU Athletics are clear, consistently communicated and non-negotiable. Among them are respect for self and others, accountability for actions and choices, and integrity. Sexual assault is unacceptable... Read more - Athletic Director Feb 28, 2017  


Coach Mark Dantonio: Message to MSU Community on Football Investigation, February 28, 2017

“With spring practice beginning last weekend and preparation for a new season underway, I feel it’s important to reinforce the core values and beliefs that have built and defined this program during my time at MSU... Read more - Coach Feb 28, 2017  


President Simon: Message to MSU Community on Larry Nassar Investigation, February 22, 2017

Our hearts continue to go out to those most directly affected as additional state charges are announced against former MSU employee Larry Nassar... Read more - President Simon Feb 22, 2017  


MSU Police Chief James Dunlap: Remarks From Press Conference, February 22, 2017

I want to sincerely thank the Attorney General, Assistant Attorneys General Angela Povilaitis and Robyn Liddell and MSU Police D/Sgt. Andrea Munford for their dedication and countless hours in investigating and preparing the Larry Nassar cases for prosecution... Read more - MSU Police Chief  


President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees on Sexual Assault, February 17, 2017

MSU is currently dealing with several unrelated issues of sexual assault or harassment that people might associate together, because they’ve come to light at about the same time. Read more - President Simon Feb 17, 2017  


President Simon: Letter to the MSU Community on Larry Nassar Investigation, February 3, 2017

Dear MSU community member: You may have read media stories or comments related to former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, the sexual assault allegations against him, and his work at MSU and other organizations. You will undoubtedly see more. This situation is still unfolding as allegations continue to emerge regarding Nasser’s criminal and repugnant behavior... Read more - President Simon Feb 3, 2017  


President Simon: Message to MSU Community on Title IX, December 15, 2016

“Sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses, and ours is no exception. The recent LSJ articles explained some of the challenges and complexities in handling Title IX investigations of relationship violence and sexual misconduct... Read more - President Simon Dec 15, 2016 


Media Statement: Response to LSJ Articles on Title IX Investigations, December 15, 2016

“As the Lansing State Journal’s Dec. 15 articles on sexual assault and Title IX investigations show, these types of crimes have an enormous and irrefutable impact.

While it is imperative these incidents are reported to police so they can be investigated, universities also have a responsibility... Read more - Response to LSJ Articles  


Media Statement: MSU Releases Results of AAU Sexual Assault Climate Survey, September 21, 2015

New data from a climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct show student attitudes, awareness and the prevalence of incidents in the Michigan State University community reflect national statistics... Read more - MSU Releases Results  


President Simon: Letter to the MSU Community on Sexual Assault and Harassment, September 3, 2015

Sexual assault and harassment are serious problems in society and on college campuses. We have long understood that Michigan State University is not isolated from these pervasive societal issues... Read more - President Simon Sept 3, 2015  


President Simon: Message to MSU Community on Sexual Assault, September 1, 2015

Michigan State University has made great strides in its handling of sexual assault reports since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) opened its investigation in 2011... Read more - President Simon Sept 1, 2015  


Media Statement: View MSU’s Anti-Harassment And Non-Discrimination Statement, September 1, 2015

View MSU’s anti-harassment and non-discrimination statement here... Read more - MSU Statement  


Media Statement: Resolution Agreement and Fact Sheet Regarding the Office of Civil Rights Findings, September 1, 2015

On Sept. 1, 2015, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released its findings of its review of Michigan State University’s handling of Title IX complaints... Read more - Resolution Agreement  


President Simon: Message to MSU Community on Sexual Assault, December 9, 2014

The issue of sexual assault on college campuses has gained unprecedented attention over the past two years. This is good, and critical, because only by bringing a painful problem into the light can we make progress... Read more - President Simon Dec 9, 2014 


Media Statement: MSU Response To Sen. Mccaskill’s Sexual Assault Survey, July 1, 2014

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill recently released a report on campus sexual violence last week highlighting many aspects universities need to improve... Read more - MSU Response