House lawmakers announce outcome of MSU inquiry

MSU’s handling of Nassar complaints questioned by Reps. Kesto, LaSata

State Reps. Kim LaSata and Klint Kesto today announced the findings and recommendations from their bipartisan inquiry into Michigan State University’s response to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar.

Their assessment was submitted in a six-page letter to House Speaker Tom Leonard, who tasked Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee; and LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education; to lead the state’s legislative inquiry into the Nassar scandal on Jan. 19.

“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. “That is a failure to every survivor of sexual assault. As the report outlines, we will be actively pursuing a broad range of legislative reforms to protect people across Michigan from sexual assault.”

LaSata also called for changes in response to the inquiry.

“Our inquiry confirmed this was an institutional failure with multiple lapses in policy, procedure, and culture at Michigan State,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “That must change. We have worked hard to identify a variety of tailor

ed reforms, through policy and our state budget, which will protect our children on campuses across Michigan moving forward.”

The House inquiry previously received thousands of pages of requested documents and communications pertaining to Nassar-related misconduct reported to MSU. In early March, Republican and Democrat legislators on both the Law and Justice Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education requested additional information as documentation continued to be reviewed by House attorneys.

Today’s letter to Speaker Leonard included responses to the additional questions from Michigan State University.

You can read the full letter here:

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