Removing Engler Is Only the First Step for MSU

For immediate release: January 17, 2019

Following a recent interview in which he disparaged victims of serial abuser Larry Nassar, the interim President at Michigan State University resigned yesterday. Today, the MSU Board of Trustees sped up that resignation so that it was effective immediately.

We are glad that MSU acted to remove ex-President John Engler following his latest insensitive remarks. However, removing Mr. Engler is not enough. If the trustees truly want to do what is best for both the survivors of Larry Nassar and their university, they should immediately commission an investigation into the culture and environment that allowed the doctor to prey on so many. Institutions cannot police themselves and investigations from outside consultants are needed, not just to determine criminal culpability, but to better understand the underlying structures, mechanisms, and causes that allowed allegations against Dr. Nassar to be ignored.

We call on newly-appointed President Satish Udpa to take the exact steps that his predecessors steadfastly refused to take, and to do what he can to make fundamental changes to the culture at Michigan State. 

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

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