Simon was offered and declined a $150,000 pay raise Friday amid controversy over how the university handled sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar. Penn State University to settle 33 lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who accused the university of failing to protect them from assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky; at last count, more than four times that number have sued MSU for complaints arising from Nassar's serial abuse.
President Lou Anna Simon acknowledged the women at the beginning of the meeting; she apologized to them and said how critical it is to create an environment where victims can feel safe. The Board of Trustees say there is no cover-up by MSU higher-ups. "I am sorry a physician who called himself a Spartan so utterly betrayed your trust and everything this university stands for", Simon said. The charges stemmed from an internal report commissioned by the university's board of trustees, much like the MSU review now in question.
MSU's scandal is shaping up to be much like the case of Penn State University, where Jerry Sandusky was able to prey on his young victims for years, shielded by the school's high-profile football program.
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The obvious rationale for Fitzgerald's failure to produce a written report is to hide whatever his investigation discovered from attorneys representing the plaintiffs suing the university and, not incidentally, the public.
Trustee Mitch Lyons added, "We're going to do what's right for the victims ahead of the university", and insists a case like Larry Nassar will never happen again.
Several of the trustees at Friday's meeting adamantly denied that the university was attempting to cover up any wrongdoing.
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"For anyone to think that any of those trustees is anxious about protecting the brand or the institution over someone's daughter is ludicrous", said trustee Brian Mosallam.
Lorincz told the trustees that they weren't doing enough. "Have comfort that I hear you, and we're watching".
Earlier this month, in to the Department of Education's indictment, the Lansing State Journal concluded that Simon had forfeited her moral authority to continue as MSU's president.
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