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Visiting professor won't teach at UNL this fall after report of sexual harassment

Visiting professor won't teach at UNL this fall after report of sexual harassment

A visiting professor will not teach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall after the university found that he engaged in sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.

The visiting professor, prominent photographer Bill Frakes, was found to have made unwanted comments about female students’ bodies and clothing, according to a document obtained by The World-Herald that was written by UNL’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.

The UNL student who filed the complaint, Calla Kessler, is currently a photography intern at the Washington Post. She was an intern at The World-Herald this spring.

Kessler, of Omaha, said Tuesday evening that Frakes made comments about women’s bodies but said he never made a sexual advance toward her.

Both Kessler, 20, and Frakes, 62, worked on UNL’s recent award-winning journalism project about Whiteclay, Nebraska.

The UNL document said witnesses supported Kessler’s account.

Frakes, who has won numerous national photo awards, said from Jacksonville, Florida, Tuesday night that he disagrees.

“The final hearing has not taken place,” he said. “The university has directed that the process be confidential, and I intend to honor that request.”

UNL said Frakes’ appointment “was to run through the fall 2017 semester. However, Professor Frakes is not teaching any courses at Nebraska this fall.” UNL declined to say more about it because it’s a personnel matter.

World-Herald staff writer Mara Klecker contributed to this story.

rick.ruggles@owh.com, 402-444-1123, twitter.com/rickruggles

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