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Education Dept. Cites MSU's Failure To Report Nassar, Other Crimes

A report from the Department of Education found the school didn't properly report allegations related to the former sports doctor.
Posted at 4:23 PM, Jan 31, 2019

Federal investigators found Michigan State University didn't comply with campus safety regulations in its handling of sexual assault allegations involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

December 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Education cites MSU's failure to report those crimes and others over a span of two decades. 

That puts the school in violation of the Clery Act, which requires universities to disclose that kind of information to the campus community. 

Specifically, the report lists 11 incidents dating back to 1997 that involve complaints against Nassar. It says those complaints weren't a part of MSU's crime statistics. 

Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison on multiple criminal sexual abuse charges last year for widespread abuse of girls and women. 

In addition to Michigan State's failure to report the Nassar crimes, the report found the school didn't disclose information and warnings about other crimes, like robberies. 

MSU's now required to develop a corrective action plan to ensure full compliance going forward. 

In a statement, the university said it'll "continue to focus on making improvements to ensure accurate and transparent reporting on campus crime policy and statistics."

It's currently working on a written response to the report.