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Alleged victims of ex-professor sue UI, accusing it of ignoring sexual-misconduct claims (News Gazette)


URBANA — The alleged victims of a former University of Illinois professor have filed a lawsuit against the university, accusing it of ignoring their claims of sexual abuse and subjecting them to trafficking.

The two students had previously sued the professor, Gary Xu, in 2019, accusing him of using his position to sexually and emotionally exploit his young female Chinese students, who depended on him for their visas.


“The University of Illinois also bears responsibility,” McAllister Olivarius attorney Alison Wilkinson said. “They knew that Xu was a predator. He had been reported four times, at least.”

She also said they hope the lawsuit prompts stronger action by the UI on sexual misconduct.