UNL Named in Lawsuit

LINCOLN — Nine women, all former or current students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, sued the school in federal court Monday alleging that its investigations and responses to sexual misconduct and harassment were insufficient.

“We have outlined a pattern of behavior that has frightened and discouraged UNL students from reporting incidents of abuse to the university. These are not isolated incidents,” their attorney, Karen Truszkowski, said.

In some of the incidents, the lawsuit names Husker student-athletes as victims and accuses players, who are not named, of wrongdoing.

Some of the allegations came to light in April when a Title IX lawsuit was filed against the NCAA in U.S. District Court in Michigan on behalf of students at UNL and Michigan State University.

That case was later voluntarily dismissed and refiled in Michigan state court, Truszkowski said.

And now there are two separate lawsuits against each of the universities.

UNL said in a statement Monday evening:

 “The health and safety of all of our students, is of the upmost importance to us. We have a strong Title IX process and are confident in it. Every case is difficult and investigated based on the information made available. We cannot comment on the specifics of any Title IX investigation or on pending litigation.”