Michigan State University has released a statement regarding former dean William Strampel and his sexual misconduct allegations. The statement comes after the Michigan Attorney General’s Office has brought forth new evidence against Strampel.
Strampel served as dean to MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a boss to former MSU and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Nassar was found guilty on Jan. 24 of sex abuse and possession of child pornography after more than 150 women testified against him in court. Strampel was arrested last month and charged with felony misconduct, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and two misdemeanors.
In a statement, interim MSU President John Engler expressed disgust over Strampel’s behavior and assured that MSU will make the proper changes needed with sexual misconduct cases.
“What I continue to learn about Bill Strampel disgusts me,” Engler wrote. “Any time concerns are raised about faculty and staff behavior, we take those concerns seriously and investigate. We will not let our students and employees down. There is zero tolerance for abusive behavior and comments. We are making changes in our Human Resource policies, including those governing evaluations and reviews. Any credible allegation coming from any corner of the university will be immediately investigated and acted upon. There will be no more Bill Strampel’s.”
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