MSU students march for sexual assault survivors

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In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal shaking us gymnastics, first, Michigan State University's president resigned and now, the University's athletic director, Mark Hollis says he is "retiring". "I've always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with the cases of sexual assault".

Beekman is a 1985 graduate of Okemos High School and a 1989 graduate of Michigan State's James Madison College.

Kylee Kunse, a freshman who plans to major in animal science, said she came to the rally because she thought that leadership at the East Lansing school needed to change.

An MSU alumnus, Hollis became the university's athletic director in 2008.

Another board member said the words of victims had been playing over and over in her mind since she heard them in the courtroom, on TV and through newspaper accounts.

Nassar, who was employed by Michigan State and served as the national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2014, was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison after more than 150 women accused Nassar of sexually abusing them.

According to ESPN, at least six women have said they alerted someone on staff at Michigan State about improper behavior from Nassar although none stated Hollis himself was told.

"This is about changing the culture at Michigan State University that allowed a predator to exist among us".

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Michigan State is one of several co-defendants in civil lawsuits that allege the university and others shirked their responsibility to stop Nassar when given opportunities to do so.

The board expressed support for Simon before her resignation, but she faced pressure from many students, faculty and legislators.

Spokeswoman Anna Heaton said Friday the governor is studying whether the potential move could interfere with other investigations.

Michigan State University trustees chose a university vice president Friday to until an interim president is chosen.

Also new this morning, the US Olympic Committee announcing it is giving every member of USA Gymnastics until next Wednesday to resign or the organization will be decertified.

The announcement comes as Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis says he's stepping down in the wake of the Nassar scandal. "Never again can this happen", Dianne Byrum said. The Education Department already was reviewing separate complaints about the school's compliance with Title IX, the law that requires public schools to offer equal opportunities to both genders, and compliance with requirements about providing campus crime and security information.

The protest, titled "March for Survivors and Change at MSU", will be held on Friday. Let us be known as a school that listens to our students.

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