Months after Michigan State University Trustee Rema Vassar flipped her colleagues the bird during a video meeting, a university investigation confirmed the explicit hand gesture.

The Midwesterner in April posted video of the March 3 meeting, in which Vassar casually waived her middle finger as fellow Democratic trustee Dianne Byrum discussed a move to censure her and request Gov. Gretchen Whitmer remove her from office.

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Vassar resigned as board chair during the meeting. Investigators hired by the university found Vassar and fellow board member Dennis Denno, also a Democrat, violated the board’s code of conduct and ethics.

The board sent Whitmer the request to remove Vassar and Denno on March 4, and the governor has yet to respond, according to the Lansing State Journal.

The MSU Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance reviewed video of the March 3 board meeting, “the definition of middle finger in Wikipedia,” and spoke with Vassar about the ordeal, according to a May 22 report obtained by the Journal.

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“OARC staff review of the video clearly identifies the explicit gesture (displaying middle finger) for a prolonged period of time when Trustee Byrum was speaking and when Trustee [Brianna T.] Scott was speaking,” the report read. “OARC understands the unusual circumstances of March 3, 2024, and acknowledges that explicit gestures have not been identified or disclosed as being previously displayed by Trustee Vassar.”

Vassar denied making the explicit hand gesture, and said she apologized.

“Trustee Vassar stated that she had not seen the video and even though asked several times, she did not want OARC to play the applicable segment from the March 3, 2024 meeting,” investigators wrote. “(Vassar) stated that she did not make an obscene or explicit gesture. Trustee Vassar is accountable to the (Board of Trustees) and not viewing the video does not excuse her unprofessional behavior. During the meeting she did note that she did not intend of offend anyone and apologized.”

The vote to request Whitmer remove Vassar and Denno came after Scott last year exposed Vassar for allegedly bullying colleagues, acting beyond her authority, and violating ethics codes, Michigan Advance reports.

A subsequent investigation confirmed the allegations, finding Vassar accepted a private jet ride and courtside tickets for her and her daughter from a donor, she intervened in a lawsuit involving former College of Business Dean Sanjay Gupta, and along with Denno directed students to “embarrass and unsettle” Interim President Teresa Woodruff and publicize personal attacks on Faculty Senate Chair Jack Lipton, according to the Advance.

In addition to the request to remove Vassar and Denno, the board on March 3 voted 7-1 to censure Scott for referencing confidential information in her allegations against Vassar last year. Vassar was the only trustee to vote against the censure, while former board chair Byrum praised Scott’s “very courageous act.”

“I would only say that Brianna, thank you for voluntarily stepping forward and accepting the censure. I know that you came forward, it was a very courageous act to put your accusations on paper in a letter and the findings have resulted in the action today,” Byrum said as Vassar displayed her middle finger. “I know that that was at a lot of a personal cost to you and I want to let you know that I appreciate that.”

Vassar’s taxpayer funded attorneys have described the investigation into her actions as “inaccurate,” “incomplete,” and “flawed,” according to the Lansing State Journal.

Scott has expressed disappointed in her censure.

“I don’t know what type of precedent we’re setting where someone who does step forward to showcase dysfunction and some improprieties has to be censured,” she said at the May 3 meeting, according to Michigan Advance. “It’s hurtful to me that my legacy will be that I was censured as a trustee for doing what I felt had to be done under the circumstances.”

Vassar’s elected term runs to 2029, while Denno was elected to serve until 2031.

Whitmer’s press secretary, Stacey LaRouche, told the Journal in March the governor is “carefully reviewing the request” to remove them, but did not provide a timeline on a decision.

It’s been crickets from Whitmer’s office since.