Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Lawmakers: MSU mishandled Nassar investigation

Lawmakers: MSU mishandled Nassar investigation

MI lawmakers say they plan to introduce more proposals stemming from the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal.

"After reviewing the evidence, there is absolutely no doubt that Michigan State University failed to adequately protect students and patients on campus", said Kesto, a former Wayne County assistant prosecutor.

One of the investigators, Michigan Representative Jon Hoadley, who serves as Minority Vice Chair for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said it's all about changing the culture at not just MSU, but at institutions of higher learning state wide. A letter detailing the findings of the inquiry says at least 243 survivors have now reported Nassar to MSU Police.

LaSata also called for changes in response to the inquiry.

Nassar was also permanently stripped of his medical license by a state disciplinary board Thursday - a formality that would keep him from practicing if he ever got out of prison. Attorneys for the university previously sought to have those cases dismissed and have maintained that no one at Michigan State believed Nassar was harming his patients prior to September 2016, when he was sacked. The Office of Institutional Equity, the office within the university that handles Title IX complaints, only had three staff members in the 2014-2015 academic year, the staff increased to seven the following year. The school conducted an investigation and determined that Nassar's conduct did not violate the school's sexual harassment policy.

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Committee members also found Nassar's "treatments" were not well-documented in medical records, saying "Nassar did not solicit or receive payments from patients or their insurers for numerous "treatments" and numerous records that were kept "lacked any reference to the sensitive nature of the "treatments" (e.g., intravaginal)".

That investigation resulted in MSU determining Nassar's actions were medically justified and he continued working for the university, but Target 8 found a second report from the investigation circulated internally noted Nassar could be a liability.

"Our hearts go out to the survivors of Larry Nassar, and we are truly sorry for any way that the university failed to protect its student", Guerrant said. They suggested that intravaginal treatments for minors only be used in rare, necessary situations.

Mukherji said Strampel and another doctor did most of the day-to-day supervision and decision-making related to MSU Sports Medicine. And requiring universities let a third-party make sure they're following Title IX protocol.

House members, who announced that they finished their investigation into the Nassar case, say bipartisan legislation will be introduced in the coming days that will build on measures already passed by the state Senate.

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