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Ed. Dept. Levies $4.5M Fine for Failure to Address Sexual Abuse

By Net Assets posted 6 days ago


(From the Chronicle of Higher Education) The Department of Education fined Michigan State University a record $4.5-million fine for failing to comply with campus-safety regulations related to Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing women and young girls last year. The fine marks the largest departmental penalty the department has levied on a college over failure to comply with safety requirements. In addition to the fine, the Department also found that the school had failed to uphold Title IX, which protects students from discrimination, including sexual misconduct. “What happened at Michigan State was abhorrent,” Betsy DeVos, education secretary, said in announcing the findings.

There is also a broader effort to strengthen Title IX procedures for investigating and reporting sexual misconduct reports. Following the fallout, the university’s provost, June P. Youatt, resigned. Three former university officials have been criminally charged for their roles in the scandal. University officials must also create a process for Nassar’s victims to seek counseling, grade adjustments, and the opportunity to retake classes.

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