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Bill: College leaders must be told of sex misconduct cases

FILE PHOTO- Larry Nassar hangs his head as former gymnast Amanda Thomashow gives her victim statement Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport's national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The governing board of each Michigan public university would be required to receive written notice of any incident of possible sexual misconduct under legislation that marks the latest response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State University.

Bill supporters like Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. say university trustees and presidents shouldn't be able to plead "willful ignorance" and should have "actual information" about sexual assault cases.

The Senate's higher education budget subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday. The panel also voted to boost operations funding for Michigan's 15 universities to provide $14 million for campus safety, sexual assault prevention and student mental health programs.

Olympic gymnasts are among more than 250 girls and woman who say the now-imprisoned former sports doctor sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment, including when he worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

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