LANSING EAST – Interim President of Michigan State University John Engler began the process of firing William Strampel in February.

He actually fired Strampel, the former Michigan The dean of the State University of Osteopathic Medicine and former head of Larry Nassar could take it until early 2019.

The process is long because Strampel has you nure, an academic appointment permanent is usually revoked only in extreme circumstances.

Meanwhile, he is expected to continue raising the salary of $ 217,903, along with the benefits, he earns as a faculty member. He was earning $ 412,000 a year as dean of the university before quitting that position and going on medical leave in December 2017.

"At this time we do not expect any change in your salary," said MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant wrote in an email. "If your state, once you return from a medical permit, changes, then your salary may also change."

A February letter from Carol Viventi, vice president and special adviser to Provost president June Youatt, stated that the former dean was unable to "monitor and enforce the clinical practice guidelines established for former Dr. Larry Nassar after the conclusion of an investigation of sexual harassment in 2014 ".

Strampel was also indicted last month on charges of misconduct in the position, fourth degree of criminal sexual conduct and two additional misdemeanors. He is accused of fondling a former student and making sexually inappropriate comments and appears to offer favorable treatment in exchange for sexual acts. The pornographic images, some of which looked like selfies of MSU students, were also found by researchers on their computer.

On Wednesday, the Michigan Attorney General's Office presented new evidence of Strampel's alleged sexual misconduct, evidence presented by two women after the initial charges were announced.

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Through his lawyer last month, Strampel refused to touch inappropriately to someone, make comments about exchanging favorable treatment of sexual favors or having romantic or sexual relationships with any medical student.


Special Prosecutor Bill Forsyth reads a list of charges from the former dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel will be prosecuted during a press conference at the G. Mennen Williams Building in Lansing on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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Strampel and his lawyer, John Dakmak, did not respond to messages seeking comment on whether Strampel was trying to fight MSU's efforts to fire him.

Strampel has the option to resign or withdraw as the tenancy revocation process is carried out, the latter option ensuring that he would receive post-retirement health benefits.

"I do not know of any procedures we have to cancel the benefits of retirees," Terry Curry, associate provost and associate vice president of academic human resources, wrote in an email.

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MSU officials refused to comment on the process in which he was attempting to revoke Stram's tenure .

"We can not provide specific information about the pending actions of the staff," Communications and Brand Strategy officials wrote in an unsigned email last month. "However, we are following the process as described in the policy."

If the process is carried out in its entirety, this is what it will look like:

After the proposal to initiate a dismissal process, a faculty member acting as a Cause Dismissal Review Officer reviews the case and write a confidential report and recommendation to the provost within 30 days.

Assuming that the provost chooses to initiate the formal proceedings, the president and the president of the University Committee of Tenure of the Faculty of the allegations against Strampel will be notified, as well as the witnesses and the testimony that they are expected to provide.

A hearing would normally be scheduled within 21 days after the notification to Strampel of the charges against him. Whether Strampel attends or not, evidence will be presented and questions will be asked to the witnesses, according to the MSU policy.

The Hearing Committee would then vote if a cause for dismissal was established. If yes, a recommendation for dismissal or other punishment will be made. If not, the case is closed. A written report with an explanation of the decision would follow within 30 days.

If Strampel were to appeal, it would have to do so within 15 days of receiving the Hearing Committee's report. After obtaining a written response from both parties, an appeal panel would have up to 10 days to decide whether the Hearing Committee's conclusion was defective. In the end, the appeal panel could decide to appoint a new Hearing Committee.

After the appeals, Engler would have up to 15 days to review the final report of the Hearing Committee and make written comments. Then another 15-day window opens for any other involved party to comment. Then Engler would be asked to issue a final report for another 15 days after all comments have been sent.

If the Hearing Committee or Engler recommended firing Strampel, the relevant documents would then be sent to the Board of Trustees for their next meeting.

The last time the board voted to revoke the mandate of a faculty member was in September 2016, Curry said. Passing after the tenure of a faculty member is rare and often ends with the faculty member in question giving up or withdrawing instead of going through the entire process.

"Given that we have more than 5,500 teachers and academic staff, there are certainly people at various stages of the disciplinary process, either because of performance or behavior issues," Curry said. "There are not many cases where the behavior is serious enough to justify dismissal."

Spontaneous retirement or resignation is an important reason why it's hard to say how common are efforts to eliminate incumbent professors, said Hans-Joerg Tiede, secretary of the Association of the Teachers Department of the American Association of University Professors. Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance.

About once or twice a month, your organization receives notification of a pending case and is occasionally asked to observe. It is likely to be far from all the cases that occur throughout the country.

"Going through the entire process from start to finish instead of giving up is not common, as far as I can see," Tiede said.

The AAUP seeks to ensure that the administration has the burden of proving that a member of the faculty did wrong, among other things. Although not all cases merit public disclosure, he said, universities like MSU may consider it prudent if there is a significant public interest in the case.

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Just a few years ago, the MSU process to get rid of the faculty was much more prone to deliberate delay, said Debra Nails, professor emeritus and former Chairwoman. of the University Committee on Academic Governance.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, faculty members began drafting a revised policy that combined previously separate policies on discipline and dismissal into a unified policy.

"We established adaptations, including alternative means of communication, so someone could not simply say:" I can not do the hearing, "said Nails, including the use of Skype to call. they could postpone proceedings indefinitely in the same manner as before. "

Another improvement was to prevent defendants from failing to file a lawsuit to delay the college process. Previously, such demands would have to be resolved before the university process could continue.

Nails disagrees with the manner in which interim President Engler handled the announcement of the efforts to revoke Strampel's mandate. It's not that he can not say what is happening, Nails said, but rather his statement announcing the move, which said, in part, "Today we are sending an unequivocal message that we will eliminate the employees who do not treat the students, the faculty, staff, or any other person in our community appropriately. "

That statement, Nails said," creates a conflict of interest where the members of the university committee charged with following the dismissal process can be seen working for the President of the University and the Board of Trustees. "

Contact RJ Wolcott at (517) 377-1026 or Follow him on Twitter @wolcottr.

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