Memorandum to all university employees

TO: All University Employees 
FROM: Interim President John Engler
DATE: February 2, 2018
SUBJECT: Document Retention

On my first day as Interim President, I want to express what a privilege it is to be back on campus. This is a great institution with outstanding faculty, staff and students. I am truly honored to serve in this role.

Over the years, the contributions of MSU have positively impacted the world. Whether by providing a quality education, conducting research that has saved lives or made lives better or developing leaders who improve their communities – we all have so much to be proud of as Spartans.

But we cannot overlook the current situation and controversy in which we find ourselves. I know that all of Spartan Nation grieves for what has happened at the hands of an evil perpetrator. But the courage we have seen from the young women who brought his crimes to light has been inspiring to us all. As I said last week, their efforts will not be in vain. You have my full commitment that I will do everything in my power to fix the broken systems that allowed this to happen.

As we grieve what happened to these innocent survivors, let us recommit ourselves to make Spartan Nation proud of how we respond. We can put process, systems and programs in place that will become a model for universities nation-wide. And all of us, working together, must commit to preventing any assault, abuse or bullying no matter where it may occur.

Now for an issue that we face as a result of the crimes perpetrated on our campus by an MSU employee.

The University is currently subject to many government investigations, including a U.S. Department of Education Clery Act compliance review, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) request for information regarding potential violations of NCAA legislation, Michigan House of Representatives request and inquiry for records, U.S. Senate request for information, U.S. House of Representatives request for information and Michigan Attorney General investigation into the handling of the Larry Nassar matter and related incidents.

I want to reaffirm that the policy of MSU is to cooperate with these inquiries as well as any other related inquiries or investigations. If you are contacted by the Office of the General Counsel for assistance in responding to any such inquiry, you are expected to provide full assistance and give that request your prompt attention. You are also instructed to preserve any and all documents, records, or electronically stored information that relate to these inquiries.

In addition, I ask that you exercise the utmost caution not to dispose of any document, record, or electronically stored information that could reasonably be relevant to the pending inquiries or any other investigation that involves allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Brian Quinn in the Office of the General Counsel.

Further, if you have any reason to believe anyone is in violation of this policy, please notify Brian Quinn in the Office of the General Counsel.

As we begin to heal, let us do so together. These are likely the most difficult times ever faced by MSU, but I believe tough times develop great leaders. We can emerge stronger and as better people. As we’ve come to know and love a great phrase that says so much to us all these days, I truly believe “Spartans Will.”