Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigns

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Simon will resign in the wake of the Larry Nassar sentencing and amid outcry over the school's handling of allegations against him, according to the school's website which posted her resignation letter Wednesday night addressed to the board of trustees at MSU.

"The a year ago and a half has been very hard for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally", Simon said in her letter.

In the brisk campus air or in the Student Union between classes, many students say they think MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon's resignation this week is deserved.

More than 160 courageous young women faced Larry Nassar in court and told the world how he sexually abused them.

Brian Breslin, chair of the university's board of trustees, issued a statement saying that it will accept Simon's resignation and that it was time for a change, per the State Journal. He says a culture needs to be created at Michigan State "where survivors are listened to and believed".

A judge says a MI sports doctor who assaulted Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes will get his sentence Wednesday, the seventh day of an extraordinary court hearing.

Wednesday afternoon, Simon attends the Nassar hearing with MSU Trustee Melanie Foster.

A decades-long sentence for MI sports doctor Larry Nassar ensures he won't be free again.

Aly Raisman Reacts to Larry Nassar's Sentencing: "He Deserves to Suffer"
The powerful hearing ended as the culmination of effort that lasted for years in order to take down the abusive doctor. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room.

Simon announced that she would help start a $10 million fund to help the victims of Nassar's abuse receive the counseling and mental health treatment services that they may need.

Under Simon's administration, the school allowed Nassar to see patients for 16 months throughout a Title IX investigation of the doctor. "I don't think that's happened - not just in this case".

With the pressure mounting and the NCAA opening an investigation of Michigan State over the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, Simon decided that it was time to step down. That Lou Anna Simon finally resigned and both her and MSU look even worse for it. Congratulations to both parties, because that's not an easy thing to do. At least 12 reported assaults occurred after the investigation ended, according to a university police report that was provided to the FBI for review by the US attorney.

"We will be working through the details of transition with President Simon through the rest of the week and will announce them as soon as we can".

Skubick says more heads could roll, adding state Rep. Tom Leonard told him the entire board should resign.

Many names have been floated around, a lot of them local or state elected officials with a connection to Michigan State University.

"I had an exchange recently with President Simon that persuaded me to know my voice and the concerns of others are not being heard", Carter said. "While I lost faith in the leadership of MSU, I still have the faith in the students and faculty there, and this is hopefully the first step in getting past this awful tragedy", Hertel told WWJ.

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