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Strampel Found Guilty Of Three Charges – Including Failure To Oversee Larry Nassar

The former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was found guilty Wednesday of misconduct.  Cheyna Roth reports.

William Strampel was convicted of using his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students who came to him for help.  

Dan Olsen is a spokesman for the State Attorney General’s Office.

“Today’s verdict sends a clear message. It’s time to change the culture in our schools and medical communities so that our female students and doctors receive the same treatment and respect as their male counterparts.”

Strampel was also found guilty of Willful Neglect of Duty.  That’s because he failed to ensure that former school sports doctor Larry Nassar followed protocols put in place after an internal investigation.  Nassar sexually assaulted his patients for decades.  

Strampel was acquitted of second degree criminal sexual conduct – the most serious charge he faced.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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