These included star Olympic gymnasts like gold medalists Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, Michigan State athletes and other girls whose parents had sought him out based on his high profile within the sport.
Tompsett said the NCAA's authority over recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, practice and competition doesn't mean it should be involved in high-profile cases like Sandusky or Nassar, who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing seven women.
A list immediate changes the board will enact to empower sexual assault survivors and restore trust. Police estimate 400 to 500 people participated.
In addition, all staff and board members in the organization will now be required to complete SafeSport training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport within the next three months and undergo ethics training in the next six months.
"Looking back", Lemke said.
When it was first organized, it was for a call for the university's president to step down, but the fact Lou Anna K. Simon has resigned is not stopping students from still holding a demonstration on campus.
"You deserve to be heard", she said. "Comfort, compassion and understanding for the survivors and our community; togetherness, time and love for my family", Hollis said. In February 2017, Hollis suspended gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, who has been accused by at least two Nassar victims of discouraging her from reporting Nassar. When you're the head of an organization and everyone below you fails, you fail too.
One of the most egregious allegations was that an assistant coach was criminally charged for punching a female MSU student in the face, was allowed to keep coaching and then accused of sexual assault.
Speakers and chants throughout the night expressed a deep anger and frustration toward MSU.
Hollis: "I've always been a Spartan, and I always will be". That being said, today I am announcing my retirement.
The evisceration of Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal continues. "And it's because all of us had the courage to listen and the ability to say that we're going to make a change on this campus".
Even more damning is that Hollis was wholly unaware of any previous claims made by student-athletes or anyone else until the final claim that broke everything open in 2016.
Hollis, a 1985 MSU graduate, was athletic director for 10 years.
Organizer Siaira Milroy said many students feel disenfranchised and are upset and frustrated over the school's lack of transparency.
"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable", she said in a statement.
"There are many systemic issues, cultural norms and additional faculty that have also aided in this problem", she said.
Much attention has recently been given to outside investigations into the University and the Athletic Department, including those both by the Michigan Attorney General and the NCAA.
Some are likening to, where three senior officials, including the school's president, were sentenced to jail past year for failing to tell authorities about a sexual abuse allegation involving coach Jerry Sandusky.