The long offseason for the Michigan State football program and a horrific few months for one young lady is one step closer to completion. On Monday, Michigan State announced it has completed its Title IX investigation in to alleged sexual assault committed by three MSU football players.
Kyle Austin of MLive.com is reporting that the investigation has been completed, but no answers as to what conclusion was actually reached was announced. That’s largely because of federal privacy issues, but we still have no idea if the students involved move on to the next phase of the Title IX process or have been completely cleared either.
Per the MLive.com article, the next steps could go like this:
Speaking generally about Title IX investigations, Cody said there are two possible outcomes at the conclusion of an investigation. If no university policy violation is found, then the matter would be closed. If a policy violation was found, the case would then be sent to the school’s student conduct system.
If the latter is the case, students could face punishments ranging from a warning to expulsion or points in between like probation or suspension from school.
This is one step in a long process that has dragged out all offseason. MSU police have long finished their investigation, but Ingham county prosecutors have yet to say anything or charge anyone related to this case. Instead, the police have forwarded warrants for four players, but the prosecutors have yet to act on those recommendations for anyone involved in this case, something that has been on the record since March 14.
Additionally, MSU’s athletic department is taking on its own internal investigation in to the practices of its coaches and staff. That comes after football recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell was named as a suspect and has been suspended with pay while the external and internal investigations are ongoing.
While it will be nice to have this step forward for everyone involved, it is yet another reminder that public answers to what the heck is really going on are far from coming. It will be interesting to see what comes of the Title IX investigation, because it will take some big time digging to find out exactly what the recommendations of the investigation were.
At least it is one step in a long offseason with plenty of lives left up in the air, including the life of the alleged victim in this incident.