Dec 4, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) and Michigan State Spartans guard Keith Appling (11) talk between plays against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2nd half a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Under Investigation

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The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has been investigating Michigan State this week. They have been brought to the campus because of the 2010 rape accusation against Keith Appling and Adreian Payne. Yes, it took place nearly four years ago but is being brought back to the forefront because of a complaint received about the university’s handling of the case.

University spokesman Jason Cody says Michigan State University has received notice of three complaints related to Title IX compliance. Title IX is the section of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational institutions receiving federal funds.

The incident happened in August 2010, when the two athletes were accused by another student of sexually assaulting her. At the time, MSU police brought the case to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, which decided not to press charges against the players. In October 2010, Ingham County Prosecutor, Stuart Dunnings III, stated that assistant prosecutor, Debra Bouck, had screened the case and found no reason to file charges. Dunnings also said that Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Lisa McCormick, agreed with the decision.

“I have prosecuted numerous prominent persons – including police officers, attorneys and athletes,” Dunnings said at the time. “In each instance, I believe that our office has handled the case regardless of status, and shown neither favor nor prejudice to any person.”

Cody said MSU had been informed of the federal complaint about the 2010 rape incident the following year. He said student privacy rules prevented him from saying whether it had been adjudicated through the student judicial process. He wouldn’t elaborate any more on the three complaints.

Kent Casella, MSU’s vice president for media communications, released a statement earlier this week, said MSU “responded fully and appropriately to the incidents under investigation.”

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