Former Students, Professors Named Potential Witnesses In UE Harassment Suit
Updated 4:22 p.m.
In a court document released Thursday, over twenty current and former students are named potential witnesses with information about “inappropriate and harassing behavior” from ousted University of Evansville (UE) theatre professor Scott Lank.
It's the latest in a lawsuit making its way through federal court.
A handful of former UE professors are also among almost sixty people named as potential witnesses by the plaintiff’s lawyer. The allegations go back to at least 2000.
Former theatre student Alexis Seay filed a federal lawsuit in August accusing Lank of sexual and racial harassment. The suit also claims the university didn’t respond adequately to her allegations.
Lindsay Cordes represents the plaintiff. She saids the witness list bolsters her client’s claims of sex discrimination at UE.
"There was an overall sexually hostile learning environment in the theatre department not only attributable to professor Lank but we believe also to possibly other individuals since numerous witnesses have come forward since this case has been filed and shared similar stories and experiences," Cordes said.
Lank’s lawyer declined to comment, saying he does not comment on active cases. An attorney for the university said the school hasn’t had a chance to review the witness list.
Lank was fired earlier this month after the university found he violated school policy. Both Lank and the university have denied the allegations.
This story has been updated with comment from a lawyer for the university.