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University of Nebraska College of Law Sued by Former Student

The University of Nebraska’s law school has been sued by a man from Omaha who was kicked out of the school months prior to graduation. The man, Layth Mohammad Al-Turk, claims that he was discriminated against due to his Arabic heritage and Muslim beliefs, according to The Independent.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the federal court of Nebraska. It names the University of Nebraska College of Law, multiple school officials, the University of Nebraska, and the school’s Board of Regents as the defendants.

According to the lawsuit, Al-Turk’s problems began in his third year. He ran into computer problems that prevented him from turning in a rough draft of a paper due October 22 for a comparative law class. He met with professor Brian Lepard, who told him to turn the paper in when he was able to do so. He turned in the draft days after the deadline after he used notes and source materials to re-create it.

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Lepard determined that Al-Turk plagiarized the paper and reported to the school that he violated the honor code. John Lenich was assigned to the case. Al-Turk worked to come to a settlement, but the honor committee removed him from school in February. He was due to graduate in August.

“In those instances during the past five years where the College of Law and its honor code prosecutors have negotiated settlements of code violations with students imposing sanctions lesser than dismissal or withdrawal, said students were comprised largely of Caucasian students who were not Muslim,” the lawsuit says.

Lepard and Al-Turk met on November 2 to discuss the notion that Al-Turk did not attribute portions of his rough draft. According to Lepard and other officials, Al-Turk admitted to fabricating the story about his computer and that he did plagiarize his work. Al-Turk denies this in the lawsuit. He claims he tried to settle the issue with Lenich in order to stay in school. He said he would submit a written reprimand and to sanctions, which the lawsuit says are “commensurate with what the (college) had imposed previously for code violations involving plagiarism.”

According to the lawsuit, Lenich originally told Al-Turk that he could not talk about a settlement. Later, Al-Turk was then told “the only settlement the College of Law was willing to discuss was Al-Turk’s withdrawal … as a student.”

The attorney for Al-Turk, Robert Mooney, said that he is asking for immediate injunctive relief so Al-Turk can return to the law school and complete the course work required for graduation. A hearing is scheduled for next week.

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  • Danny

    This Islamist is throwing the “race” card where race doesn’t exist. He did not meet the standards for graduation and at the same time turned in a plagarized paper.

    Boo hoo, you’re treating me bad because I’m a Muslim. Boo hoo, if you don’t give me what I want, I’m going to cry racism and discrimination. You can’t do that to me, I’m an Islmist and my religion is superior. Whaaaaaaaaa……

  • Anonymous

    I spent one dreadful year in this program and can personally attest to the anti-student culture of the corrupt UNL Law administration (particularly Glenda Pierce, the amoral dean of students). I believe Al-Turk was discriminated against because of his heritage~ as his lawyer pointed out, the ramifications for his alleged ‘Honor Code violation’ were much more severe than those for Caucasian students accused of the same crime. My guess is that they were planning on fabricating an excuse to remove Al-Turk from the program for many months before his supposed ‘violation’ but waited until they received every possible penny toward his out-of-state tuition. Once they got his money during his final semester as a 3L, Al-Turk’s presence no longer contributed to the diversity of the program, and being the unethical scumbags that they are, the deans in the program concocted a way to set him up to fail. UNL turns a blind eye toward this kind of thing because the law school makes so much money (in large part via the kinds of dirty tricks I know were used against me and that I suspect were used against Al-Turk). Unfortunately, this means that this kind of thing will continue to happen, and meanwhile, people who know nothing about the anti-student agenda of this program will continue baseless claims that the ‘race card’ was played.

  • Not buying it

    Is he saying that his Muslim beliefs allow him to cheat and lie?

    If so, anti-plagiarism efforts definitely will discriminate against them. But, in this cowardly PC climate, you know that you must capitulate and allow him to win. Otherwise, Eric Holder will be on your doorstep threatening you with civil-rights violations.

    As a Muslim, it’s his civil right to cheat and lie, apparently.

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