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Feds launch new investigation into MSU Title IX, sending more investigators

February 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education announced it will launch a new Title IX directed investigation into MSU's handling of sexual assault reports against ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar, according to a press release Monday

The investigation will search for systemic issues in the university's handling of sex-based incidences involving Nassar, according to the release. 

The Office of Civil Rights team will work with the Federal Student Aid office at MSU, which is currently performing a Clery Act compliance review regarding MSU's crime reports. 

The investigators are expected to arrive in East Lansing soon, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement. 

"I appreciated seeing acting President (John) Engler's directive to the entire University to cooperate fully with our — and with all — inquiries into the University's actions," U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in the statement. "We expect MSU's full and complete disclosure about its actions to protect students from sexual assault."

In September 2015, the Office of Civil Rights found MSU did not resolve two separate sexual assault cases quickly enough in accordance to OCR mandates. The investigation began in early 2014.

Currently, MSU is under investigation by the NCAA, Michigan Attorney General's Office, U.S. Congress and the Michigan legislature. 

A representative from MSU Communications could not be reached for comment. 

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