MSU Report: More than 40 people may have known about Nassar, Strampel crimes

MSU launched internal investigation

A report from MSU suggest that some people may have been aware of complaints against Larry Nassar and William Strampel. For more information: https://www.clickondetroit.com/.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – New information is coming to light in the sexual assault scandals at Michigan State University involving two prominent members of the staff.

The high-profile cases involving Larry Nassar and William Strampel led to a shakeup of leadership at MSU and internal investigations.

According to MSU’s investigation, many people knew about the allegations and according to MSU’s investigation many followed the policies that were in place at the time.

As part of its investigation required by the Office of Civil Rights, Michigan State University identified 42 employees who were told about sexual discrimination complaints made against Nassar and his former boss Strampel.

According to MSU, 34 people followed the guidelines in place or there wasn’t enough evidence to prove they didn’t.

Of the 8 people who didn’t, including former president Lou Anna K. Simon, are no longer with the university and their lack of action was noted in their files. There is no mention of any violations rising to the level of being criminal.

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Even more notable is the results of the “Know More At MSU” campus-wide survey from March. Of the 15,000 responses, 13 percent of undergraduate women reported being a victim of sexual assault. While 27 percent of undergraduate women reported having been sexually assaulted at some point in their career at MSU.

Overall, sexual harassment was most prevalent with almost 66 percent of undergraduate women reporting being a victim and half of graduate or professional women.

The survey did show that certain groups, women, people with disabilities, bisexual and transgender people are more likely now to report sexual violence.

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Jason anchors Local 4's 5:30 p.m. newscast. He joined WDIV in January 2015 as a general assignment reporter and has a Journalism degree from Michigan State University.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.