MSU Board stands behind president amidst criticisms in Nassar case

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees issued a statement Friday afternoon in support of school president Lou Anna Simon.

Some lawmakers and other involved in the Larry Nassar sexual assault investigation have called for Simon's dismissal or resignation.  Over 100 student athletes have accused Nassar of sexual assault during medical exams and he has pleaded guilty to the crimes.  Victims have stated that they made complaints about Nassar for years to administrators with no results.

This statement was released Friday by Chairperson Brian Breslin:

"Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone deaf, unresponsive and insensitive to the victims. We understand the public's faith has been shaken. The Board has listened and heard the victims.  Today, the Board acted and has asked the Attorney General's Office to review the facts in this matter, and as information is presented, the Board will act. This can never happen again. As part of the Board's oversight authority, we will retain independent external assistance to support our responsibilities to the university community and the public at large. We continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and she has our support."

Earlier Friday, the Board did send a request to Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate the circumstances around the Nassar case. Schuette responded saying that he will provide a report in the coming weeks.  He says that his office has already prosecuted Nassar and ensured that the victims had their say in court.  He says he had asked for a full report from Michigan State, and was told one didn't exist.

Simon released a statement Friday afternoon:

"I will continue to appreciate the confidence of the Board and the many people who have reached out to me, and to them, who have the best interest of MSU at heart. I have always done my best to lead MSU and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow."

We'll have more from East Lansing beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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2 comments

  • tracyd112

    Before pointing the Finger at everyone besides Larry Nasser WHERE IN THE HELL ARE THE PARENTS? The Parents hold a big part in this as it is there duty to make sure their kids are being took care of.But no the Parents want to sit and put their children in the hands of People they dont know hoping that they make in big in the Olympics.I feel for everyone of these girls but to sit and listen to some of the things being said that 1 Mother was sitting right there while the Dr was molesting the girl? Then the young girl said he knew how to position his body to make sure others did not see why was nothing said then and there?.I am sorry but there is alot not being said here trying to push the blame on to everyone else but their own mistakes that is the Parents! People exploit their children to make them big stars or to make them famous and in doing this throwing all precautions out the window for a little bit of fame to be able to say LOOK AT MY CHILD!!