Michigan State: Ex-alumni chief violated university policy

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News
Scott Westerman

An investigation by Michigan State University's Office of Institutional Equity has concluded that Scott Westerman, former executive director of the MSU alumni association, violated university policy, officials confirmed this week. 

However it was unclear what Westerman, one of MSU's biggest promoters, did or how he violated university policy. The office that investigated Westerman reviews complaints related to MSU's Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct. 

Emily Guerrant, MSU spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that the investigation was related to the university's policy on misconduct, but said she was not aware of the details.

She added that a FOIA request would be required to view the investigation of Westerman. The Detroit News filed a FOIA in April, but the university did not respond to it. The newspaper filed the request again on Tuesday.

"While the investigation did determine Westerman violated university policy no disciplinary action will be taken as he is no longer employed by MSU," Guerrant said.

"We continue to encourage students, faculty and staff to report any incidents. The university is committed to thoroughly investigating all complaints to create a safer, healthier and more respectful campus community."

Westerman left his post in July amid the investigation, but said when he announced his resignation in April that he was stepping down to be closer to family.

On Tuesday, Westerman responded to a text from The Detroit News seeking comment.

"I disagree with the findings and regret the distraction it caused," Westerman said. "I no longer work for the institution and will have no further comments."

The complaint against Westerman was filed in February.

At the time he announced his departure, Westerman confirmed the inquiry but said he was moving out of Michigan to be closer to family.

At the time, he released a statement: “I was recently surprised to learn that I am the subject of an (Office of Institutional Equity) inquiry. It covers a brief period near the start of my tenure, is not a police matter, and naturally, I am fully cooperating with investigators. I won’t have further comment until their work is complete. With regard to our departure, we have been planning to return to Florida for some time. The inquiry was not a factor in that decision."