Letter from Leo Kempel, Dean of the College of Engineering

Dear College of Engineering students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends,

I am deeply saddened by the pain caused to the victims and their families by Larry Nassar, and honor their bravery in coming forward. It is extremely distressing that such criminal abuse could occur within our community at the hands of a person trusted by his patients, his colleagues, and the community at large. I resolve to do everything possible to not let this, or anything like it, ever happen again, and I ask you to join me in this resolution.

Trust in the institution has been substantially weakened. President Simon has resigned and there will be changes at MSU. We need to come together, and make the necessary changes to protect all members of our community, and restore trust. I believe that this should start with strengthening transparency and accountability.

This will require a lot of thoughtful dialogue. In addition, my door is always open to anyone from our community who wants to talk.

Leo Kempel

See below for information regarding campus and college resources, along with reporting procedures.

Please visit MSU’s Our Commitment website for a list of campus resources. 

ASMSU offers a Safe Ride service for students who do not wish to walk alone after dark, from 10pm-2:30am on all days that MSU is open and in session.  Students can download an app to request free rides from campus to their home address.

College of Engineering faculty and staff are mandatory reporters, and the reporting process established through the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)  and MSU Police Department.  Please note that anyone can file a report, whether the action is against them or they are witness to it.  The Office of Institutional Equity, in conjunction with the MSU Police, investigates every report.  An online reporting tool is available at https://oie.msu.edu/file-a-report/index.html for any violations of university policies.

Within the college, the academic advising staff, as well as the staff in our support units (The Center/CoRe/Women in Engineering/DPO) are a safe place for any student to turn to with questions/concerns.