A University of Nebraska-Lincoln visiting professor will not be teaching during the fall semester after several students filed complaints against him for sexual harassment.
Bill Frakes is an award-winning photojournalist who was appointed to teach at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications through the fall semester. UNL spokesman Steve Smith said the university decided within the last month to cut the appointment short, though he declined to say why citing university guidelines related to personnel matters.
Through Title IX procedure, a person accused of a violation has the right to a hearing.
"The final hearing has not taken place," Frakes said. "The university has directed that the process be confidential and I intend to honor that request."
The Title IX complaint was filed by student Calla Kessler, who worked with Frakes on the college's award-winning journalism project about Whiteclay, Nebraska. Kessler will be a senior this fall. She has interned at the Lincoln Journal Star and is interning as a photojournalist at the Washington Post over the summer.
Eleven other students stepped forward from several schools, including UNL, to make statements for the Title IX claim, Kessler said.
Frakes said on his website that he has also taught at the University of Miami, University of Florida and University of Kansas.