UPDATE: Independent investigation complete regarding MSU football program’s response to alleged sexual violence

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The independent investigation into sexual violence surrounding MSU football players has come to an end. The findings show everything was handled through the proper channels. Jones Day has presented in detail its factual findings to MSU’s Board of Trustees.

Michigan State University retained Jones Day to perform an independent investigation of the football program’s response to allegations of sexual assault in connection with a single incident that occurred in January 2017 involving three football players.

In April 2017, during the investigation, a fourth football player was involved in a separate incident of alleged sexual assault.

MSU expanded its mandate to include the football program’s response regarding this second incident.

Jones Day examined whether the football program, and individuals associated with the program, complied with MSU’s “Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct” in connection with these incidents.

In both instances, Jones Day found that “senior leaders within the football program and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics complied with the Policy on Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct policy by promptly and accurately reporting the information they learned about the underlying incidents to departments within the University that are tasked with investigating and responding to such incidents.”

They also found “no evidence that senior leaders within the football program or Athletic Department attempted to impede, cover up, or obstruct the Office of Institutional Equity’s investigation into the underlying incidents.”

This is a developing story.

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