Education Dept. to investigate Michigan State's response to Nassar sexual assault cases
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The U.S. Department of Education is opening an investigation into how Michigan State University handled the sexual assault cases of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor.

“This new Title IX investigation will look at systemic issues in the University’s handling of sex-based incidents involving Dr. Larry Nassar,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosFormer DeVos chief of staff joins anti-Trump group Ex-Pence aide throws support behind Biden, citing Trump's virus response OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' MORE said in a statement on Monday.

A team from the department’s Office for Civil Rights will go to the campus in East Lansing, Mich., and join the Federal Student Aid team already on site to carry out the investigation, DeVos added.


Department officials are currently examining if Michigan State complied with the Clery Act, which requires colleges to be transparent about campus crime policy and reports.

DeVos said Michigan State’s president cooperated with inquiries into the university’s actions, adding that she expects the school's “full and complete disclosure about its actions to protect students from sexual assault.”

“Every student across every campus should know that I am committed to ensuring all students have access to a learning environment free from sexual misconduct and discrimination and that all institutions that fall short will be held accountable for violations of federal law,” DeVos said.

Nassar was sentenced to prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to multiple criminal charges. More than 150 women accused the former doctor of sexually abusing them.