Incidents at Michigan State University

Total: 36


Incident 8562

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator, Faculty
Position: Associate Chair, Professor
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2020
Outcome Category: Criminal Plea / Conviction
Specific Outcome: "Former MSU professor Robert Pittman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for assaulting [subordinate] in 1999 just before Pittman retired and moved to California."

"Name
Robert Pittman
Position
Associate Chair
Department
Department of Physiology
Still employed?
No
Date of final report

Offense
Sexual assault
Punishment
Retired before report made, criminal conviction"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:51 pm

Incident 8647

Status: Resolved
Person: Tomas Hult
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Business
Specific Discipline: Marketing
Outcome Year: 2020
Outcome Category: Honor Revoked
Specific Outcome: "Hult was found to have violated the sexual misconduct policy. His endowed chair position was revoked in January [2020], Olsen said. "
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 1:11 pm

Incident 8674

Status: Resolved
Person: Joseph Gorz
Role: Faculty
Position: Clinical Instructor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Osteopathic Medicine
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: "Name
Joseph Gorz
Position
Clinical instructor, resident
Department
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
Dec. 26, 2018
Offense
Sexual harassment
Punishment
Unpaid clinical appointment terminated"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:41 pm

Incident 8568

Status: Resolved
Person: Harold Marcus
Role: Faculty
Position: Professsor
Discipline: Arts and Humanities
Specific Discipline: History
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Honor Revoked
Specific Outcome: "Marcus’ status as an emeritus professor was revoked in 2019 after a university investigation found him responsible for sexual harassment. " Lawsuit filed
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:11 pm

Incident 8678

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator, Faculty
Position: Associate Dean for Administration
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Veterinary Medicine
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Retired
Specific Outcome: "Name
Michael Chaddock
Position
Professor and associate dean for administration
Department
College of Veterinary Medicine
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
22-May-19
Offense
Sexual harassment
Punishment
Retired before investigation finished"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:45 pm

Incident 8643

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Communications
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Official Warning / Reprimand, Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "Donohue has been found responsible for sexual misconduct against women three times since 1994. A witness told OIE investigators Donohue’s name has come up as “an example of a problem at the University,” according to the report.

Donohue was reprimanded in 1994 for making inappropriate comments and for letting his hands linger on a woman’s neck and shoulders. In 2019, he was suspended for two months for two sustained complaints of forcible sexual contact and inappropriate sexual comments."
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 1:06 pm

Incident 8645

Status: Resolved
Person: David Foran
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Criminal Justice
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "In 2016, OIE officials warned Foran of anonymous complaints about his behavior. The warning made “so little impression on [Foran]” that he didn’t remember if he hugged a student before dropping her off, according to an OIE report.

Three years later, Foran was found to have violated MSU’s sexual misconduct policy for inappropriately touching and having overly personal communication with four students and for retaliatory behavior after students refused to attend social events.

The investigation is complete. Foran remains on indefinite unpaid leave, which can be a step in the process of revoking tenure and dismissing faculty. "
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 1:09 pm

Incident 8656

Status: Resolved
Person: John Norder
Role: Faculty
Position: Associate Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Anthropology
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "In a 2019 report by Michigan State, professor John Norder of the Department of Anthropology within the College of Social Science was found to have more than 1,000 sexually explicit images and videos on his work computer, some of which included himself, which the report cites as misconduct."

"Name
John Norder
Position
Associate professor
Department
Anthropology
Still employed?
Yes
Date of final report
Feb. 17, 2020
Offense
Sexual harassment
Punishment
4 week suspension"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:57 pm

Incident 8666

Status: Resolved
Person: Edward Thomas
Role:
Position: Counselor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Counseling
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: Punishment
Fired
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:33 pm

Incident 8360

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Physiology, Life Sciences
Specific Discipline: Physiology
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "Wiseman was suspended for six weeks after OIE investigators found he had sexually harassed six women over nearly two decades. In all, nine women said Wiseman made inappropriate and sexually charged comments or jokes that made them feel uncomfortable. "
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 1:11 pm

Incident 8668

Status: Resolved
Person: Fei Li
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Geography
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Resigned
Specific Outcome: "Punishment
Resigned before investigation ended"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:35 pm

Incident 8682

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Clinical Instructor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Medicine
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: "Thomas Wechter
Position
Clinical Instructor, resident
Department
Residency program in Grand Rapids
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
Nov. 15, 2018
Offense
Sexual assault
Punishment
No-pay clinical appointment terminated"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:53 pm

Incident 7439

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Dean
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine
Specific Discipline: Osteopathic Medicine
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category: Criminal Plea / Conviction, No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: Fired, found guilty of multiple counts by jury in June, 2019
Last updated: Jun 12, 2019 5:37 pm

Incident 8119

Status: Ongoing
Person:
Role:
Position:
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category:
Specific Outcome: Investigation ongoing and accused used his position as journal article to write a rebuttal
Last updated: May 28, 2019 1:14 pm

Incident 8174

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Political Science, Government
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category: Retired
Specific Outcome: Found to have sexually harassed graduate students. Retired from MSU Jan 1 2019
Last updated: Jun 4, 2019 6:35 pm

Incident 8224

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Vice President of Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the MSU Alumni Association
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category: Resigned
Specific Outcome: Resigned; finding that he "engaged in “severe, persistent, and pervasive unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature” with student
Last updated: Jun 4, 2019 6:35 pm

Incident 8641

Status: Resolved
Person: Matti Kiupel
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Veterinary Medicine
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: Demoted, Suspended / Leave / Restrictions, Training / Counseling Required
Specific Outcome: "In August 2017, Kiupel was suspended for two months for unwelcome sexual contact and comments at a veterinary conference in December 2016. He also had to partake in one-on-one sexual misconduct training and was removed from his position as section head of anatomic pathology. "
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 1:04 pm

Incident 7437

Status: Resolved
Person: Nicole Rovig
Role: Administrator
Position: Registrar
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: "
Name
Nicole Rovig
Position
Assistant Provost
Department
Enrollment Services and University Registrar
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
7-May-17
Offense
Unwanted sexual contact
Punishment
Resigned"
Last updated: Feb 15, 2021 11:20 am

Incident 7438

Status: Resolved
Person: Thomas Vogel
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Specific Discipline: Geoscience
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "Name
Thomas Vogel
Position
Professor
Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Still employed?
Emeritus
Date of final report
10-Feb-17
Offense
Sexual assault
Punishment
Retired before report made"

"Four retired professors and administrators were allowed to keep their honorary “emeritus” titles despite being found to have violated policies on sexual misconduct by OIE investigators.

James Kielbaso and Thomas Vogel had emeritus standing prior to the OIE reports being made. "

"The university is currently in the process of revoking the honor from Vogel, a professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences."
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:54 pm

Incident 8660

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Executive Director of Constituent Relations
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "1 week suspension"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:25 pm

Incident 8664

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position:
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Community Sustainability
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: "Punishment
Fired"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:31 pm

Incident 8672

Status: Resolved
Person: Joni Tucker
Role: Administrator
Position: Academic Program Coordinator
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: No Known Outcome for Respondent
Specific Outcome: "Name
Joni Tucker
Position
Academic program coordinator
Department
Advertising and Public Relations
Still employed?
Yes
Date of final report
14-Jun-16
Offense
Stalking
Punishment
Unknown"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:39 pm

Incident 8680

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Life Sciences
Specific Discipline: Animal Science
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: Retired
Specific Outcome: "Position
Professor
Department
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
6-Sep-16
Offense
Sexual harassment
Punishment
Retired before discipline could begin"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:48 pm

Incident 7434

Status: Resolved
Person: NAME UNKNOWN
Role: Faculty
Position: unknown
Discipline: unknown
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: “one faculty firing”.
Last updated: May 31, 2019 5:14 pm

Incident 7435

Status: Resolved
Person: Larry Nassar
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor, Doctor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Medicine
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: Criminal Plea / Conviction, No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: Violated sexual misconduct policy with patients. Fired. Jailed.
Last updated: May 31, 2019 7:46 pm

Incident 7436

Status: Resolved
Person: John Madden
Role: Faculty
Position: Band Director
Discipline: Arts and Humanities, Music
Specific Discipline: Music
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: Training / Counseling Required
Specific Outcome: Inappropriate texts with student. Eight day suspension, three month delay in promotion. Retired - 2017
Last updated: Jun 2, 2019 6:35 am

Incident 8676

Status: Resolved
Person: John Caron
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline: Veterinary Medicine
Outcome Year: 2015
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "Name
John Caron
Position
Professor
Department
Veterinary College
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
16-Sep-15
Offense
Sexual harassment
Punishment
3 month suspension"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:43 pm

Incident 8652

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Department Chair, Professor
Discipline: Arts and Humanities
Specific Discipline: Media and Information Studies
Outcome Year: 2012
Outcome Category: No Known Outcome for Respondent
Specific Outcome: "Four retired professors and administrators were allowed to keep their honorary “emeritus” titles despite being found to have violated policies on sexual misconduct by OIE investigators.

Charles Steinfield and William Latta were awarded the title several years after they were punished for sexual misconduct. "

"The university is currently in the process of revoking the honor from ... Steinfield, a professor emeritus in the Department of Media and Information, as a part of a university-wide review, Olsen said. This review will be completed and sent to the provost no later than June 1, he said.
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:28 pm

Incident 7433

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Business
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 1992
Outcome Category: Resigned
Specific Outcome: 18 month suspension recommended, resigned.
Last updated: May 31, 2019 5:13 pm

Incident 7432

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Band Director
Discipline: Arts and Humanities, Music
Specific Discipline: Music
Outcome Year: 1984
Outcome Category: Resigned
Specific Outcome: "...music professor who was forced to resign from Michigan State University after 14 sexual harassment charges were filed..."

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Last updated: Dec 6, 2020 8:18 pm

Incident 8556

Status: Ongoing
Person:
Role:
Position:
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year:
Outcome Category:
Specific Outcome:
Last updated: Feb 15, 2020 6:56 pm

Incident 8684

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Arts and Humanities
Specific Discipline: Music
Outcome Year:
Outcome Category: No Known Outcome for Respondent
Specific Outcome: "Name
Walter Verdehr
Position
Professor
Department
College of Music
Still employed?
No
Date of final report
Feb. 4, 2019
Offense
Sexual assault
Punishment
Retired before report made"
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:56 pm

Incident 8649

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Emeritus Professor
Discipline: Life Sciences
Specific Discipline: Forestry
Outcome Year:
Outcome Category: No Known Outcome for Respondent
Specific Outcome: "Four retired professors and administrators were allowed to keep their honorary “emeritus” titles despite being found to have violated policies on sexual misconduct by OIE investigators.

James Kielbaso and Thomas Vogel had emeritus standing prior to the OIE reports being made."
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 1:17 pm

Incident 8654

Status: Resolved
Person: William Latta
Role: Administrator
Position: Assistant Vice President for Operations
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year:
Outcome Category: No Known Outcome for Respondent
Specific Outcome: "Charles Steinfield and William Latta were awarded the title several years after they were punished for sexual misconduct.

Latta, an emeritus assistant vice president for operations, could not be reached for comment. "
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:11 pm

Incident 8658

Status: Resolved
Person: Tim Wakeham
Role: Coach
Position: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Discipline: Athletics
Specific Discipline: strength and conditioning
Outcome Year:
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: "Michigan State University fired a coach early this year after an investigation found he had a nonconsensual sexual relationship with a female student-athlete in the late 1990s.

But the school initially approved his request to retire after two years of unpaid leave. That only changed after the university upheld a hearing officer's decision and administrators exchanged dozens of emails."
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 2:21 pm

Incident 8262

Status: Ongoing
Person:
Role:
Position:
Discipline:
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year:
Outcome Category:
Specific Outcome:
Last updated: Jun 4, 2019 6:35 pm