The Sacramento Bee reports that University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, while serving as Michigan State University provost in 2010, allowed a dean accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women to continue in his post.
William Strampel, then dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, was arrested this week on charges of harassing, propositioning, sexually assaulting and soliciting pornographic videos of female students.
According to the Bee, the arrest came as part of a broader probe into MSU’s handling of complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar, whom Strampel supervised.
Nassar a super-predator, was sentenced in January to up to 175 years in prison after more than 150 girls and young women – some of them Olympic gymnasts – testified he sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment over two decades.
The Detroit News reported this week that Wilcox did know that multiple people had complained that Strampel repeatedly made crude comments about women’s bodies, ogled their breasts and boasted about his sexual conquests. The complaints were made during Strampel’s 2010 performance review.
Nonetheless, according to a letter in the dean’s personnel file, Wilcox wrote he would allow Strampel to continue as dean.