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NCAA Investigating Michigan State Over Larry Nassar Case

Nassar has already pleaded guilty to 7 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

LANSING, Mich. -- The NCAA has opened an investigation into Michigan State University's handling of sexual abuse allegations againsts sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Nassar has pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct, and admitted to sexually assaulting young girls when he treated campus athletes and members of the USA Gymnastics. 

Prominent Olympians including Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney, have said they wre abused by Nassar. 

In a statement, the NCAA said it's looking into whether the university violated any rules.

"The NCAA has sent a letter of inquiry to Michigan State University regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State," the NCAA said in a statement. It did not provide additional details.

Jason Cody, a spokesman for Michigan State, said the university is reviewing the letter for a response.

More than 100 young women have faced Nassar in court as he awaits his sentence.

University President, Lou Anna Simon,  has recently come under fire for what critics say is mishandling of the scandal.

Several victims said they reported Nassar's behavior to the university years ago, but that they were either silenced or officials did nothing to end the abuse.

"Michigan State University, the school I loved and trusted, had the audacity to tell me that I did not understand the difference between sexual assault and a medical procedure," survivor Amanda Thomashow said last week.  

Michigan State maintains no official believed Nassar committed sexual abuse until newspapers began reporting on the allegations during the summer of 2016. Any suggestion that the university engaged in a cover-up is "simply false," the university said in a statement.

Simon has expressed support for the women who've spoken out against Nassar, but said she has no plans to step down from the position she has held since January 2005. Nassar worked as a university sports physician from 1997 to 2016. 

The NCAA and USA Gymnastics are both headquartered in Indianapolis. 

 

(PHOTO: Getty Images/Scott Olson) 

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