Report Links UC Riverside Chancellor to Michigan State Sexual Assault Scandal


Regan Dorcey

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, The Detroit News reported.

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.

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 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.

Wilcox told the Los Angeles Times in January that he did not know about Nassar’s behavior while he served as MSU provost from 2005 to 2013.

But 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.

“Our several discussions over the past several months have reinforced my commitment and that of Dean Strampel to advancing the goals of the College within the broad mission of Michigan State University,” Wilcox wrote.

Wilcox was traveling Wednesday and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.