Schuitmaker, Higher Education subcommittee hear testimony from interim MSU president

LANSING, Mich. — Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education on Thursday continued a series of meetings to discuss current sexual misconduct policies at Michigan’s public universities and necessary changes that would further ensure the safety of their students.

Thursday’s committee meeting focused on the ongoing issue at Michigan State as lawmakers took testimony from former governor and Interim President of Michigan State University John Engler.

The presentation was meant to take a further look into actions the new administration is taking to address the Dr. Nassar scandal, while also discussing with Engler new initiatives to ensure the safety of current and future students as well.

“Recent events have shown us that discussing current policies and attempting to increase protections for students is absolutely a top priority and must be addressed as quickly as possible,” said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, who chairs the Senate subcommittee. “Committee members and I wanted to hear what the new administration’s plans are moving forward. We are going to continue these hearings and continue looking at what we can do to create a safe learning environment for students.”

Future meetings can be found by clicking here, or on the Legislature’s home page at www.legislature.mi.gov and by clicking “Committee Meetings” on the left side of the screen.

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 Editor’s note: A print-quality photograph from Thursday’s hearing is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorTonyaSchuitmaker.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, listens to former governor and Interim President of Michigan State University John Engler as he speaks about actions taken by the school to remedy the injustices suffered by the victims of Dr. Nassar and new initiatives taken by the school to ensure the safety of all current and future students.