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Michigan State faculty express no confidence in trustees

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Michigan State University faculty say they have no confidence in the school's board of trustees in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

The Faculty Senate overwhelmingly backed a no-confidence vote Tuesday. The resolution did not include the reason for the vote, though faculty have been outraged with the board's handling of the Nassar matter and the recent hiring of John Engler as interim president to succeed Lou Anna Simon, who resigned. Engler is a former Republican governor of Michigan.

After the vote, one trustee took to Twitter to admit the board has failed.

Trustee Brian Mosallam tweeted, "I met with members of the Faculty Steering Committee after the Engler vote. I let them know we failed them as it related to the process. I pledged to work with them going forward."

Also Tuesday, the university's Office of Institutional Equity said it has enlisted New York-based investigative firm Kroll to help investigate complaints filed under Michigan State's Title IX sexual misconduct policy.

The office has seen 35 percent increase in incident reports and expects the number to continue to rise.

It's not just faculty expressing their concern, but the students as well.

"The board of trustees needs to be held accountable," said Jake Nessel, freshman at MSU.

Nessel said he has already seen a shift towards addressing sexual assault on campus and he hopes it continues.

"I think that it's really important that we do that as a campus and a community," Nessel said.

Other students, like Andhika Adintro, said the school needs to do more than just hire new people in order to address the concerns on campus.

"It's not about the interim president or what not. It's about finding the right person and if MSU has to take their time to do that, then that's fine. Because it shows that they really care about selecting individuals who set an example for us," Adintro said.

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