Michigan State University's Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in Board of Trustees


Michigan State University Interim President John Engler called an ESPN "Outside the Lines" report about allegations of sexual abuse at the university a "sensationalized package".

Members of the faculty voted 61-4 to express no confidence in the eight-member governing body at Michigan State, according to multiple news outlets in East Lansing.

The vote was called largely in response to the board's decision to name John Engler, a former MI governor, the school's interim president. He said this vote isn't about Engler being a Republican, rather the board hasn't listened to the faculty, especially their request that the interim president not be a political person.

Michigan State spokesman Kent Cassella said last week that MSU police have received more than 60 criminal reports against Nassar since January 16, 2018.

The faculty has no confidence in the leadership of the MSU Board of Trustees. In the aftermath of the scandal, both university president Lou Anna K. Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis resigned.

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Engler's letter also called a recent investigative report from ESPN's Outside the Lines regarding Michigan State's response to sexual assault "a sensationalized package of reporting". The report, though not calling out the coaches by name, alleged that both programs had a culture of sexual assault, and that both were said to have mishandled cases of sexual assault. He also noted that Dantonio and Izzo have been asked to "refrain from comment" while the school is in the reviewing process.

"I only saw a little bit of it, but the part I saw, I agreed with what he said", Izzo said.

"That has been a burden that must be lifted", Engler said in his letter. "But I thought what he said looked really good to me as a start".

"I think rather than act quickly and in the heat of the moment, I hope we listen for some time and reflect on what can be done to fix the problem", he said.