AG Nessel Forced to Close MSU Investigation Following Trustees' Refusal To Waive Privilege

Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney 517-512-9342
Agency: Attorney General

March 26, 2021

LANSING -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement after Michigan State University declined her request that it waive privilege to the content of nearly 6,000 documents for the Department to review and complete its investigation:

"We have used every legal mechanism available to us - including going to court - to secure the remaining documents needed for our investigation. The University's refusal to voluntarily provide them closes the last door available to finish our investigation. We're incredibly disappointed that our work will end this way, especially for the Survivors. We can only emphasize again that justice doesn't begin and end at the courthouse doors. Principles of truth, fairness, and equity should be lights that guide all of our public institutions, especially our schools; and, when our universities refuse to lead, they miss the most important way they can teach."         

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