Three MSU student-athletes face allegations of sexual assault

Michigan State has suspended three student-athletes linked to the football program while the school investigates sexual assault allegations.Police are expected to forward reports in the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

University police are looking into the allegations in addition to a separate university-led Title IX investigation.

One football staff member has been suspended in conjunction with the second investigation into the staff's compliance with school policy.

The three athletes have also been removed from on-campus housing, according to MSU spokesperson Jason Cody.

The complaint that is being looked into was brought up in late January. The other involves fired MSU doctor Larry Nassar, who is subject of more than 60 sexual assault complaints made to law enforcement, including MSU Police, since the Indianapolis Star reported allegations by a former gymnast previous year. Title IX consultant Rebecca Veidlinger has been retained to conduct this investigation, which will address whether MSU's Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy was violated. The school police department is now heading the investigation; should they move forward with charges, the Ingham County prosecutor will take the case. "My expectation of all members of the department is full and complete cooperation with all investigations".

The university did not release a statement from Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio Thursday night.

  • Julie Sanders