News and Updates

Statement on new lawsuit allegations, Sept. 11, 2018
We are deeply sorry for the abuses Larry Nassar has committed, and for the trauma experienced by all sexual assault survivors. Read more

Statement on charges filled against Kathie Klages, Aug. 23, 2018
The university was not present when she gave statements to the Michigan State Police, so we have no comment on what she told investigators or the charges announced today. Read more

New police initiative focuses on trauma-informed investigative support services, Aug. 2, 2018
MSU Interim President John Engler and Police Chief Jim Dunlap announced that Lt. Andrea Munford has recently been assigned to develop a comprehensive program on law enforcement investigations into relationship violence and sexual assault on a trauma-informed and victim-centered basis. Read more

Robert Young: Statement on insurance carriers, July 26, 2018
We are suing our carriers, including our largest carrier United Educators, for failing to honor their policies. Read more

Statement on Status of Healing Assistance Fund, July 26, 2018
It was brought to our attention earlier this week by the firm that manages the Healing Assistance Fund that there are possible fraudulent claims being made. Read more

Survivors and parents join MSU Museum to preserve teal ribbons, July 25, 2018
Survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, their parents and MSU community members have joined curators from MSU Museum to begin the process of preserving the more than 200 teal mesh bows wrapped around trees across MSU’s campus. Read more

New adviser hired for MSU’s fraternity and sorority life community, July 19, 2018
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Guillermo Flores became the chief university contact on July 1 for the leadership of the university’s four Greek councils: Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Council. Read more

Engler selects new MSU athletic director, July 16, 2018
Bill Beekman will be responsible for oversight of MSU’s 25 varsity sports teams as well as the care of more than 800 Spartan student athletes. The position provides leadership in the areas of sports management, game operations, financial administration, personnel, fundraising, corporate interaction, facility management, marketing and communication. Read more

Newly signed agreement means Strampel is gone from MSU, July 6, 2018
William Strampel, former dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, retired from MSU effective June 30, 2018 under an agreement signed July 5. His retirement means the university will not continue with the tenure revocation process, which Interim President John Engler called for in February. Read more

Acting chief compliance officer named for new MSU office, July 5, 2018
Interim Michigan State University President John Engler appointed Nicholas Wittner to lead the university’s new Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance. Wittner is professor of law in residence at the MSU College of Law and an authority on organizational compliance. Read more

Robert Young: Statement on Attorney General search warrant, June 29, 2018
We stand behind our previous position on this issue, that the Attorney General's Office is not entitled to examine our lawyer’s communication and legal advice to the university. We have been cooperating with the Attorney General’s investigation, and will continue to do so. Read more

MSU creates risk management, ethics and compliance office, June 26, 2018
Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has established a new Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance. Created at the request of the MSU Board of Trustees, the office is intended to ensure the university’s adherence to policies as well as legal and regulatory requirements. Read more

Board Chair: Statement regarding Interim President John Engler, June 21, 2018
A majority of the Board of Trustees appreciates the statement issued today by the MSU Interim President John Engler. Engler’s apology for the comments contained in an April email that was released last week is appropriate and appreciated by a majority of the Board. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on apology to survivors, June 21, 2018
Last week while I was on my way to Texas, a private email conversation of mine from April was made public. I didn’t give it the consideration it warranted. That was a big mistake. I was wrong. I apologize. Read more

Interim leader of Title IX and civil rights office selected, June 18, 2018
Beginning today, Rob Kent will be the interim associate vice president of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance. Kent replaces Jessica Norris who accepted a new job outside of Michigan. Read more

MSU expands sexual misconduct workgroup, June 14, 2018
Michigan State University’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup has added two new members as it continues to receive feedback and enact suggested changes related to the university’s response to relationship violence and sexual misconduct. Read more

Jessica Norris: Working in the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education, May 30, 2018
I was hired to be MSU’s first dedicated Title IX and ADA coordinator as part of MSU’s response to the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights investigation. Initially, my role focused on ensuring our policies, procedures and programs were meeting legal and regulatory requirements. Since I was part of a brand-new office, a great deal of my initial focus was working with the Office of Institutional Equity director to build an office and our Title IX program from the ground up. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on settlement, May 16, 2018
A successful mediation has a been a priority for the university and for me since I arrived on campus in February. The entire MSU community has worked hard at changes to make sure a monster like Larry Nassar could never hide again on our campus. Read more

Board Chair: Statement on settlement, May 16, 2018
We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention. A successful resolution to the litigation is a positive step in moving us all forward.  Read more

MSU and Nassar survivors agree in principle to settlement, May 16, 2018
Attorneys representing 332 survivors of former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar in lawsuits against MSU and attorneys for the university announced a global settlement in principle totaling $500 million. Read more

Provost Youatt: Statement on reviews of former Dean Strampel, May 1, 2018
I find the descriptions of Strampel’s behavior that continue to come to light shocking and appalling. For all we have accomplished around student success, we have not yet created the kind of environment where our community feels safe and supported. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on conduct of former Dean Strampel, April 26, 2018
What I continue to learn about Bill Strampel disgusts me. Anytime concerns are raised about faculty and staff behavior, we take those concerns seriously and investigate. Read more

Statement from Carol Viventi, April 18, 2018
I offer my sincerest and most heartfelt apology for the letter I sent to MSU leaders after the Board meeting. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on survivor discussion, April 13, 2018
I met with Kaylee and Lisa Lorincz’s on March 28. Also in the meeting were Carol Viventi and Emily Guerrant. Read more

Statement from former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young, special counsel for MSU, March 28, 2018
As a result of new plaintiffs and new claims being filed in federal court, the court ordered MSU to respond to these filings by today. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on mediation, March 28, 2018
I came to MSU with the intention of concluding the lawsuits as soon as possible in a fair and just manner. The survivors should not have to endure years of litigation. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on arrest of former Dean Strampel, March 27, 2018
One of the first actions I took upon my appointment as interim president of Michigan State University in early February was to pursue revocation of tenure and removal of former Dean William Strampel. Read more

State grant funding helps expand resources in Sexual Assault Program, March 26, 2018
Michigan State University will soon add four new employees to its Sexual Assault Program, thanks to grant funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services, Crime Victim Services Commission. The funds will cover the addition of two therapists and two victim advocates. Read more

Engler takes quick action to address campus community concerns about sexual assault programs, March 23, 2018
Shortly after the release of a preliminary report evaluating the effectiveness of Title IX-related education and prevention programs, and based on recommendations from the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup, Interim President John Engler is announcing the creation of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance. Read more

MSU strives to improve effectiveness of sexual assault prevention and education programs, communications and mental health services, March 22, 2018
A preliminary report released by a Kansas City law firm reaffirmed Michigan State University’s Title IX policies reflect a strong and genuine commitment to combatting sexual misconduct. However, the report also revealed opportunities for reframing prevention and education programs, enhancing mental health services and increasing awareness of available resources to the campus community. Read more

Letter to admitted students, March 7, 2018
As you consider where to attend college in the fall, I’m asking for a moment of your
time to personally thank you for your interest in Michigan State University, and to
address concerns you might have. Read more

Letter to the MSU campus community, March 2, 2018
I was shocked, and I am grieved, to learn about the gunfire deaths at Central Michigan University this morning. Mount Pleasant is my hometown and I know the impacts of this tragedy will afflict the entire community. I offer the deep sympathy of my family and the support of the entire Michigan State University community to our kin, our colleagues, and our friends in Mount Pleasant and at CMU. Read more

Letter to the MSU campus community, Feb. 23, 2018
As I wrap up my third week as interim president of Michigan State, I want to give you an update on our activity. From the beginning, a primary goal has been to foster a safer campus environment based on principles of respect and accountability, while recognizing that among us are survivors of sexual abuse who have raised serious concerns about how they were treated, how our community responded, and what is being done to prevent future assaults. Read more

Engler names Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup, Feb. 23, 2018
Michigan State University Interim President John Engler announced today the formation of an expert advisory workgroup to formalize recommendations drawn from the input of survivors, students, faculty and staff from across campus. Read more

Engler targets safety, quality and transparency with new health structure, Feb. 14, 2018
In keeping with his promise to make health care at Michigan State University a national model for quality and safety, Interim President John Engler today announced a new structure for the university’s health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs, including two leadership appointments. Read more

Interim President Engler: Letter to MSU community, Feb. 13, 2018
On this second day of my second week as interim president, I think it is important to address several matters many of you have raised with me. Read more

MSU hires firm to help promptly investigate reports of sexual assault, harassment, Feb. 13, 2018
The Office of Institutional Equity has enlisted Kroll, a leading global provider of investigative services, to serve as an independent third party to help investigate complaints filed under MSU’s Title IX Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Read more

Engler takes first step to remove Strampel, Feb. 9, 2018
“William Strampel did not act with the level of professionalism we expect from individuals who hold senior leadership positions, particularly in a position that involves student and patient safety,” Engler said. Read more

Statement on Nassar's Eaton County sentencing, Feb. 5, 2018
Larry Nassar’s final sentencing today on state criminal sexual conduct charges brings the criminal proceedings to a close. Read more

Interim President Engler: Statement on accepting responsibility as interim president, Jan. 31, 2018
It is humbling to accept this interim president position in these difficult times for my beloved alma mater MSU. Read more

Board Chair: Letter to MSU community, Jan. 26, 2018
Today, the Board of Trustees met to take important actions to begin a new day at MSU. Read more

Statement on Nassar's Ingham County sentencing, Jan. 24, 2018
Larry Nassar’s sentencing today on state criminal sexual conduct charges represents another important step toward justice. Read more

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

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

National organizations selected to oversee Healing Assistance Fund, Jan. 11, 2018
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

Independent review highlights safety focus, recommends improvements to patient care at MSU, Dec. 29, 2017
Michigan State University HealthTeam’s medical policies and procedures reflect accepted and reliable best practices, and focus on caring and patient safety, says a new report prepared by national health care management experts. Read more

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

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

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

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

Statement on Nassar's federal sentencing, Dec. 7, 2017
Larry Nassar’s sentencing today on federal child pornography charges represents another important step toward justice for the victims. Read more

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 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

Response to plaintiffs’ Nov. 22 press conference, Nov. 22, 2017
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

Independent review finds Title IX policy compliant, reflects commitment, Dec. 20, 2017
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

From yoga to advocacy, MSU offers comprehensive support for survivors, Nov. 1, 2017
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

It’s On Us Sexual Assault Action Week features events to empower students, Oct. 19, 2017
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

MSU teaches teamwork to improve patient care and safety, Oct. 18, 2017
Teamwork is always important, but in the health care arena it can mean the difference between life and death. Read more

MSU empowers students with information to help prevent sexual violence, Oct. 3, 2017
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

Teaming up for a violence-free community, Oct. 3, 2017
At MSU, becoming a violence-free community is a team effort. Read more

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

Statement on new Title IX guidance, Sept. 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

MSU HealthTeam commissions outside review to enhance patient safety and quality of care, Sept. 19, 2017
A state-of-the-art electronic health record system. A patient-friendly web portal. Better tracking of health tests. Read more

MSU announces firm, scope of work for Title IX review, Sept. 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

Bystander intervention: Anyone can intervene and make a difference, Aug. 30, 2017 A woman sitting near you on a city bus is being harassed by a fellow passenger... Read more

Updates to MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy, August, 2017
Faculty, staff, and students play a critical role in cultivating a culture of caring, safety, and respect at MSU. Read more

Chance at Childhood, Aug. 3, 2017
MSU social work, law students team up to support abused and neglected children. Read more

MSU community shapes future Title IX Efforts, Aug. 3, 2017
At MSU, the entire campus community is helping to shape Title IX efforts. Read more

MSU experts tapped to help provide resources for sexual assault survivors, July 25, 2017
Two MSU experts have been appointed to serve on First Lady Sue Snyder’s statewide Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup. Read more

MSU HealthTeam puts patients first, July 5, 2017
MSU does more than educate health care providers who will serve the needs of Michigan’s growing, aging population. Read more

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

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 the report

Profile: Debra Martinez helps builds community partnerships to combat gender-based violence, June 5, 2017
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

Student leaders pledge to promote a campus culture where wtudents ‘look out for one another’, May 31, 2017
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

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

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

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 

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: 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: Message to MSU community on Larry Nassar investigation, Feb. 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

MSU Police Chief James Dunlap: Remarks from press conference, Feb. 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

President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees on sexual assault, Feb. 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: Letter to the MSU community on Larry Nassar investigation, Feb. 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