White Spartan helmet on a teal background. Teal is the color for Sexual Abuse Awareness

The text of a message sent to all MSU students on Friday, January 26

We as a university have entered a period of transition and change. We share the anguish so many of you have expressed that anyone associated with MSU could do so much harm. We are truly sorry for the abuse Larry Nassar inflicted on young people entrusted to our care. The survivor impact statements and community that grew between them as they found their voices are models for us.

The MSU community is grieving in many ways, and MSU itself is in the midst of a leadership transition that will change our culture. We draw inspiration from your leadership as students and from the courageous words of the survivors who stood up and spoke to seek justice. We must draw on their strength and your leadership as we undertake the difficult work ahead together.

As we listen to one another in the days and weeks to come, know that there are resources on campus for support. We have included links to some below. But the best resources we have are our relationships with one another, and our commitment to help each other find the support we need.

During this important time of change, we join the voices of the survivors, and your voices, so we can act together to build a culture of responsibility, safety, and respect.  

For students who have been affected by recent events at MSU – including the Nassar trial and the administrative changes that are occurring – Counseling and Psychiatric Services is offering additional time to provide professional support and confidential conversations to any interested student, over the next week. These services may be extended beyond the next week as a need is identified. Clinic walk-in hours this afternoon, Friday, January 26, are 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the third floor of the Olin Health Center. Walk-in hours next week are: Monday 1/29 through Thursday 2/1, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Friday, 2/2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If possible, please call (517) 355-8270 to schedule ahead of time. Walk-in appointments are also available, and regular walk-in appointments will continue to be offered for students seeking clinical services.


This message was sent to all MSU students on Friday, January 26, 2018, from the following MSU leaders: June Pierce Youatt, Provost; Denise Maybank, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services; Vennie Gore, Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises; Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Dean, Honors College; Thomas Jeitschko, Associate Provost for Graduate Education; and R. Sekhar Chivukula, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. 

Feedback and suggestions, especially from the MSU community, welcome: email sekhar@msu.edu.

R. Sekhar Chivukula is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University.