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Nassar documents fully transferred to AG, MSU president says

April 12, 2024
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel during the 2023 Gubernatorial Inauguration on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at the Michigan State Capitol.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel during the 2023 Gubernatorial Inauguration on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at the Michigan State Capitol.

Michigan State University president Kevin Guskiewicz announced at this morning’s Board of Trustees meeting that the thousands of long-withheld documents relating to the university’s handling of years of sexual abuse by disgraced ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar have been fully transferred to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

“I'm pleased to report that the documents pertaining to the Nasser case have been fully transferred to the Michigan Attorney General's Office on the board's earlier decision to release those privileged documents,” Guskiewicz said.

The board unanimously voted to release the documents at its Dec. 15, 2023 meeting, ending its heavily criticized, years-long, withholding of the documents. The first batch of documents was transferred on March 1.

The previously-privileged documents include email and text communications to and from 20 MSU leaders and employees, records of internal complaints and investigations regarding Nassar and personnel files of those who worked with and above Nassar during his time at MSU. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel said the move “was better late than never,” but that the board’s delay in releasing the documents means it is less likely "to yield the information that the public really needs.”

The documents will be redacted to remove information subject to privacy laws or covered by “third-party confidentiality agreements,” chair of Audit, Risk and Compliance committee Dan Kelly said at the board's Dec. 2023 meeting

The documents won’t be released publicly until Nessel’s investigation ends.

The university argues that the records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act because they fall under an exemption covering “records compiled for law enforcement purposes.”

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