State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata today sent a letter to Michigan State University seeking information related to the school’s inquiries into sexual assault allegations against former MSU physician Larry Nassar.
The letter requested all information be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2018.
“Nassar’s victims continued to come forward in open court over six days to detail how they were violated and now it’s time for Michigan State to come clean,” said Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “MSU’s response to this case has been beyond disappointing, especially with the incredible responsibility they have to their students. We must see with our own eyes what failures may have taken place in order to come up with the policy solutions to prevent these heinous acts from ever happening again.”
Rep. LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said: “One of our state’s flagship universities has failed to protect its students in the most basic way from sexual assault and it is incumbent upon us to find out why. We must demand more transparency and accountability from our institutions. This state’s residents, the tens of thousands of students and especially the victims deserve better.”
Specifically, the letter requested reports “initiated, completed or issued” by MSU pertaining to allegations made in 2014-2017 against Nassar.
The request comes a day after Lou Anna K. Simon submitted her resignation as MSU president, the state House passed a resolution calling for Simon’s resignation or removal as president, and Nassar was sentenced to up 175 years in prison for his crimes against more than 150 victims.
“Ms. Simon’s resignation was the necessary first step in what will be a long healing process. Yet more must be done to achieve the transparency and long-term reforms the victims deserve,” LaSata said. “This review will look at how the university addressed the accusations against Larry Nassar and what can done to make it better.”
The letter, signed by LaSata and Kesto, states “it is our sincere hope that the University will cooperate with our request and inquiries without the need to employ means of compulsion.”
“We don’t want to issue a subpoena, but House Speaker Tom Leonard has tasked us to use every available option to gather this information,” Kesto said. “The silence from Michigan State University on this case has been insulting to the victims, their families and the people of the state of Michigan. They deserve to know the truth.”