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MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis retires

27 January 2018

On Wednesday, an Ingham County judge sentenced Nassar to a minimum of 40 years in state prison at the end of a weeklong hearing.

A MI judge gave Nassar up to 175 years in prison this week for molesting young women, including Olympic athletes, he was supposed to be treating.

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

For Lemke, a survivor of Larry Nassar's abuse, the outcry of support expressed on Michigan State's campus on Friday night is humbling, but she says this is only the beginning of what's to come for the university.

"Whatever protocol or policy was in place, whatever frontline staff might normally be involved in response or investigation, it all got kind of swept away and it was handled more by administration [and] athletic department officials", says Allswede to ESPN.

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The Michigan attorney general and NCAA will investigate Michigan State's handling of Nassar, who worked with the university for two decades.

The school reportedly did not file a Title IX investigation in Schaner's case - as required by federal law - until discovered by a representative of the U.S. Department of Education.

Days after Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon claimed in her resignation letter that "there is no cover-up" regarding allegations of sexual misconduct by Larry Nassar, ESPN is reporting otherwise. "I don't think there are bylaws set up for it. Nassar is being prosecuted, Michigan State is being sued".

State Sen. Margaret O'Brien said college coaches should be added to Michigan's list of mandatory reporters, which includes therapists and medical professionals. "To the survivors, I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician was really such an evil, evil person who inflicted such harm under the guise of medical treatment", Simon said. She also felt intimidated and humiliated, and remembers what Klages said about filing a report. Hollis has been in the job for 10 years. The former president resigned Wednesday after widespread calls from students, the community and state politicians. Nassar family friend Kyle Stephens was only 6 years old when Nassar began molesting her, and she testified that the abuse ripped apart her family and may have caused her father's suicide.

Nassar's crimes were first reported by the Indianapolis Star in 2016, which also exposed USA Gymnastics' extensive attempts to look the other way when coaches were accused of molesting children.

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DeVos said in a statement that what happened at the school is "abhorrent" and "cannot happen ever again - there or anywhere".

Lemke recalls being called to an emergency team meeting at Michigan State University in September 2016 where she was told that Nassar had been accused of sexual assault.

The university's Board of Trustees announced Beekman's temporary role during a meeting Friday after they accepted Simon's resignation. There has been no evidence that Simon knew Nassar was sexually abusing girls and women.

Students planned a Friday evening march and protest.

Many wore teal and awareness ribbons as a symbol of change.

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MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis retires