Statement on victim impact statements in Ingham County, Jan. 16, 2018

Many at MSU, including President Simon and Board of Trustee members Brian Breslin and Melanie Foster, have either attended the hearing or have been viewing it via livestream and witnessed the brave women who have come forward to tell their stories at Larry Nassar’s sentencing. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for Nassar’s victims; the thoughts and prayers of the entire MSU community are with these women as we listen to their heartbreaking testimony.

We are committed to supporting those in our community affected by these terrible crimes and have created the Healing Assistance Fund to help survivors access any counseling and mental health services they may need. We want to say again that we are truly sorry for the abuse Nassar’s victims suffered, the pain it caused and the pain it continues to cause.

But as we have said previously, any suggestion that the university covered up Nassar’s horrific conduct is simply false. Nassar preyed on his victims, changing their lives in terrible ways.

--Jason Cody, MSU spokesperson