US Department Will Oversee “Systemic Changes” At MSU For Three Years

Aug 13, 2019

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Michigan State University has agreed to three years of federal oversight.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the US Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced a resolution to a civil rights investigation.

In January of 2018, former Michigan State sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to at least four decades in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.  Now, MSU has agreed to follow a chaperone policy for sensitive medical exams.  

Among other changes, the school will also appoint a person to investigate all sexual misconduct complaints filed by patients, staff, or other people related to the MSU Health Team

Roger Severino is the Director of the Office for Civil Rights in the health department.

“This is an important change, and we’re pleased by this outcome to hopefully bring some institutional change to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

As part of the agreement, MSU will have to submit written reports when asked by federal officials and follow record-keeping requirements.

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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