LaDuca resigns from chairperson roles in MSU Academic Governance
In a memo sent to members of the Steering Committee, LaDuca wrote he was stepping down from his position as chair of the Steering Committee due to "a pressing medical issue of a psychiatric nature."
He is also stepping down from any involvement in Academic Governance, including his role as chair of the Faculty Senate, for the entire Spring 2019 term ending on May 15, the memo said.
The Steering Committee and the Faculty Senate are committees within the MSU Office of Academic Governance, along with the University Council that LaDuca often chairs in place of the president and provost. The University Council brings together faculty, student and administration representatives to discuss issues that involve the entire university.
The memo, which was sent on Dec. 5, came after a previous memo that said he was temporarily stepping down from his position as chair of the Steering Committee until Jan. 2. Vice-Chair Deborah Moriarty will take over his position for the rest of the 2018-19 academic year.
The memo sent to the Steering Committee was forwarded to the entire Faculty Senate, LaDuca said in an email.
The Office of Institutional Equity, or OIE, determined LaDuca did not violate MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy or federal Title IX laws, according to an email LaDuca sent to Lyman Briggs faculty that The State News obtained.