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MSU president resigns following Nassar sentencing

26 January, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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"I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I can not make it about me now", she said.

Part of Simon's letter described the difficulty it was to be president during the Nassar fall out.

"I am pleased that statements have been made by Mr. Fitzgerald and Board members about my integrity and the fact that there is no cover-up", Simon said.

Simon did not take responsibility for anything that happened under her watch, but said she was leaving because the tragedy - the largest sex abuse scandal in any American university's history - had become politicized. She literally has devoted her entire professional life to this institution, and more than anyone else has helped make MSU a national and global leader in higher education.

Democratic leaders praised Simon for stepping aside.

Victims recounted telling Michigan State coaches and trainers of Nassar's abuse, then were practically told that reporting the incidents would have consequences for both Nassar and the victims.

Ferguson says there are "so many more things going on" at Michigan State "than just this Nassar thing". And the NCAA has asked the school for information regarding potential violations related to Nassar. Denhollander was 15 years old when she fell prey to Nassar in 2000 at the Michigan State sports medicine clinic. Some of the gymnasts affected by Nassar's abuse claim that they had reported his conduct to Michigan State University as early as the late 1990s. Some used their time in court to question why the university leadership failed to stop Nassar's heinous behavior.


Under Simon's administration, the school allowed Nassar to see patients for 16 months throughout a Title IX investigation of the doctor. The police recommended criminal charges against Nassar, but the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office dismissed the case.

As a faculty member at MSU and a doctor for USA Gymnastics, the organization responsible responsible for selecting and training national teams for the Olympics, Nasser worked for two decades with elite gymnasts, in addition to thousands of youth athletes and women and girls who saw him for other sports injuries.

"President Simon has offered her resignation to the Board of Trustees, and we will accept it". Former Spartan athletes are among the more than 150 women and girls who have spoken over the last week at Nassar's sentencing. Breslin said the board and Simon were "working through the details of transition".

Their teammates, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, also revealed they had been abused by Nassar. Schuette has urged the school to give him an internal report, but the school has said there was not one.

Simon had spent her entire career - from the mid-1970s on - at the university. It calls for her to resign or be fired by Michigan State's governing board.

In a Thursday letter to the board, the ranking Democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee cited the "horrific findings" by The Detroit News last week that at least 14 university representatives were notified of "serious allegations" against Nassar over almost 20 years, starting in 1997.

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