Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis resigned Friday, two days after the school's president stepped down amid a storm of criticism about how it handled the sexual assault scandal that led to the conviction of former school faculty member and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Hollis has been in the job for 10 years.
University President Lou Anna Simon submitted her resignation late Wednesday, just after Nassar's sentencing.
Nassar worked at MSU and for the USA Gymnastics team for over 20 years.
A MI judge on Wednesday sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young female athletes in his care.
Many lawyers compared a potential settlement in the case with the $93 million paid by another university, Penn State, to resolve 30 rape and abuse claims brought against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
"He didn't report it, and he's a mandatory reporter", Stephens said, referring to those who are legally required to report sexual abuse." keeps saying that 'we didn't know.' Who should I have told?
In addition, all staff and board members in the organization will now be required to complete SafeSport training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport within the next three months and undergo ethics training in the next six months. Some gymnasts said assaulted them there.
The seismic waves from the Larry Nassar sex scandal continued to shake up the East Lansing campus.
Authorities want to determine who knew of Nassar's years-long abuse - and they will probe other allegations of harassment against USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo.
Michigan State University, under U.S. Department of Education oversight since 2014 because of its mishandling of sexual assault and gender discrimination cases, asked federal officials last fall to end their monitoring of the university because administrators had been acting in "good faith" and had "gone above and beyond" in meeting standards laid out by federal officials, according to documents obtained by Outside the Lines.
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Some victims say they reported to Kathie Klages, who ran camps for teen gymnasts and was women's gymnastics coach until last February.
An immediate statement b the board of trustees that reflects its attitude towards future allegations of sexual assault at MSU.
He said he plans to cooperate fully with both investigations during retirement.
Michigan State students are planning a protest on Friday.
But from the bottom, the MSU students want change.
The House committee's letter to USA Gymnastics says the Nassar allegations "raise serious concerns about your organization's ability to oversee your sport and protect your athletes from abuse and mistreatment".
Dianne Byrum said she had tried to work privately on the board to change minds, but realized in retrospect she should have spoken out. He declined to say why the talks ended but said plaintiffs' lawyers were now preparing to go to trial. They are all incredible people, wonderful Spartans.
"Student leaders have been waving their hands in the air over the years since 2011 when the Office of Civil Rights investigated the institution and said you have a challenge in how you handle sexual assault." said Santavicca.
With the NCAA inquiring of an investigation into Michigan State's handling of Nassar, Hollis said he'd be cooperating.