EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A rally is being held on Michigan State University’s campus aimed to force interim president John Engler and the entire Board of Trustees to resign.
“(The board is) self-serving in this effort,” organizer and Nassar survivor Morgan McCaul told 24 Hour News 8 Friday afternoon. “They are supposed to be a trustee because they care about the Spartan community, not because they want to pad their resume and it doesn’t feel like they’re listening or caring.”
McCaul said she began organizing the rally — alongside Me Too MSU and Reclaim MSU — after witnessing Engler’s conduct during a contentious board meeting last Friday.
During public comment, Kaylee Lorincz accused Engler of offering her a $250,000 settlement during a meeting where her attorney was not present.
“I think he needs to leave along with all of them, especially given his behavior at that Board of Trustees meeting, yelling and threatening an 18-year-old girl,” McCaul explained. “That was really the turning point where I said this rally needs to happen.”
24 Hour News 8 requested comments from trustees and the university Friday.
Trustee Brian Mosallam was the only response as of 5 p.m., saying he has no plans to resign, but sent the following statement:
“There’s no question that this administration needs to do a lot more to change the culture at MSU. Our Board needs to push our administration much harder to make the tough changes to our culture.
I have personally called for the creation of a risk committee, the appointment of a Chief Compliance, Ethics and Culture Officer or Officers, an up the ladder reporting and escalation policy for all sexual misconduct allegations, and the appointment of an integrity monitor to certify that the tough changes are being made, among other things.
Listen, it’s clear to me that this administration is not doing enough. I empathize with the outrage of our courageous survivors and other stakeholders and join them in their frustrations.”
24 Hour News 8 did an interview with Reclaim MSU Friday evening on campus, watch the video below to hear the policy changes they want to see.