The U.S. Department of Education has fined Michigan State University $4.5 Million for their "systematic failure" in addressing the sexual abuse allegations made against Larry Nassar.

The department conducted two different investigations into the university's efforts to protect students from sexual abuse.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of Education Besty DeVos said:

Michigan State will now pay for its failures and will be required to make meaningful changes to how it handles Title IX cases moving forward. No future student should have to endure what too many did because concerns about Larry Nassar and William Strampel were ignored.

MSU will pay the $4.5 million in fines based on four serious findings of Clery Act noncompliance:

  • Failure to Properly Classify Reported Incidents and Disclose Crime Statistics
  • Failure to Issue Timely Warnings in Accordance with Federal Regulations
  • Failure to Identify and Notify Campus Security Authorities and to Establish an Adequate System for Collecting Crimes Statistics from all Required Sources
  • Lack of Administrative Capability

In addition, the university will be required to employ an independent Clery Act Compliance Officer, establisih a Clery Act Compliance Committee, and create a system of protection measure to better ensure the safety of its student-athletes. They must also take similar steps to ensure the safety of children who participate in camps or youth programs on campus.who participate in camps or other youth programs that are sponsored by the University or that are held on its properties.

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