Michigan State faculty vote no confidence in board after Nassar scandal

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Faculty at Michigan State University issued a vote of no confidence in the university's board of trustees Tuesday afternoon in wake of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, according to ESPN's Dan Murphy.

The members voted with an overwhelming 61-4 majority to express no confidence in the eight-member governing body. The result was greeted with loud applause, according to Simon D. Schuster and Susan Svrluga of The Washington Post.

Although the faculty cannot force the trustees - who are publically elected for eight-year terms - from their position with the vote, members of the faculty felt it was integral to voice the opinion from the majority of the campus community.

"Unless you take a moral stand, you give tacit agreement by your silence," Robert LaDuca, a professor of chemistry who is a faculty leader, said before the meeting, calling into question the trustees' "myopic leadership."

"The board has been leading from behind, in my opinion, in this whole process. Speaking for myself, I don't see what moral credibility they have to lead this university forward."

Longtime university president Lou Anna Simon was forced from her position last month following the scandal surrounding Nassar, the MSU doctor and USA gymnastics physician who sexually abused young girls for more than two decades.

The no-confidence vote was done mostly in response to the board naming John Engler the school's interim president, as the faculty hoped for a candidate with more experience dealing with sexual assault issues, according to Murphy.

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