The lawsuit names as defendants MSU, its Board of Trustees, Nassar, USAG, and several current and former MSU employees, including former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel and former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.The majority of the woman in the latest lawsuit were abused as minors, according to the complaint.
Attorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Texas attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel, and MI attorney James White, all filed lawsuits on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 alleging that women ranging from age 14 to age 41 were sexually molested by Larry Nassar.
Knutson and Kaplowitz succeed Sue Carter, a professor in the School of Journalism, who served as faculty representative since 2014.
"It's clear that we have serious issues that need to be addressed related to Larry Nassar and the general climate on campus", said Kaplowitz". In addition, they chair the MSU Athletic Council, which functions as the faculty voice in intercollegiate athletics on issues of academic policy related to student-athletes.
In the past, MSU has only had one representative while other Big Ten schools have had two.
According to an MSU press release, while MSU has previously only had one faculty athletic representative, it chose to appoint two "due to increased demand related to concerns and policies surrounding student-athletes". She also served twice as the interim director of the School of Hospitality Business. "Their expertise related to university governance, their rapport with students and in Michael's case, a former athlete himself, will serve the council well". Kaplowitz teaches environmental policy and is an adjunct professor in the law school. He was also elected in 2011 as one of the five faculty representatives on MSU's steering committee. He earned his doctorate degree from MSU in 1997, the same year he joined the faculty.