William Strampel, the former dean of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, was charged with several crimes last month in March.
The charges are related to the way several of his former students say he treated women at the college and his handling of a sexual assault investigation against convicted MSU doctor Larry Nassar.
But a document obtained by our media partners at MLive reveals this year was not the first time MSU learned about Strampel’s questionable behavior.
This memo shows that former MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon was made aware of concerns about Strampel as far back as 2004.
Simon was the university’s provost at the time and Strampel had only been dean for two years the document details several concerns more than 20 MSU students brought to their supervisors regarding some of the comments Strampel made during a student run-telemarketing program.
The memo says Strampel made comments like: “I may be the only straight person you ever meet from Saugatuck” and “One of the reasons i went to Hope College was so I could be 50 miles away from the nearest sin.”
The memo also said that when trying to give examples of osteopathic medicine practices, Strampel allegedly turned to a female student and said something to the effect of: “You probably take birth control.”
It goes on to say that when a person, who was “obviously female” raised her hand, Strampel said “Yes, sir, ma’am, sir, I can’t tell what’s your question?”
The memo closes by saying that the “Students expressed concern to their supervisors that the comments were offensive and were surprised that ‘he could get away with speaking to college students like that.’”
“We are forwarding this to you for your handling as you deem appropriate,” the memo says. “We are available should you need further clarification.”
According to MLive, there were no other documents included in the FOIA request that indicated a response from Simon.
At the end of March, Strampel was charged with several crimes, including a felony charge of misconduct in office and three misdemeanors including fourth degree criminal sexual conduct willful neglect of duty.
Two of the willful neglect of duty charges relate to the way Strampel handled a 2014 Title IX investigation against Larry Nassar.
6 News reached out to Strampel’s attorney for comment on this story.
One of the four women who helped bring the other charges talked with 6 News about why she decided to come forward with the allegations.
Hear what she had to say later tonight on 6 News at 11.