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Stand with Feifei: Support the Fight for Civil Rights

October 02, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Mural credit: Stand with Feifei Leadership

Campaign Overview:

We need your support to seek justice for, Feifei Fan, the victim of alleged abuse, exploitation, and systemic misconduct at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Her legal battle is not just about one person—it’s a fight for accountability, transparency, and change within educational institutions. Join her in this crucial endeavor to shed light on these issues and bring about much-needed reforms. Court documentshttps://me2reno.org/fan-v-nshe/

The Situation:

For over a decade, UNR has allegedly permitted and ratified a pattern of misconduct. This misconduct is said to have included abuse, intimidation, deterrence, silencing, dismissal, and retaliation against foreign students and junior faculty members. Vulnerable individuals, including those on temporary visas, allegedly faced sex and/or labor exploitation under power imbalance, lack of support, and a culture of retaliation.

Legal Disclaimer:

Donations made to this campaign will be used exclusively to cover legal expenses associated with this case. Contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable donations.

Legal battles can be overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. As she navigates this complex journey, your generous contributions will go directly toward:

  1. Legal Representation: Hiring skilled attorneys who specialize in cases like this is essential for a fair chance at justice.
  2. Court Fees and Filing Costs: Legal proceedings come with various expenses, including court fees, document filing, and administrative costs.
  3. Expert Witnesses: In some cases, expert testimony can make all the difference. Your support will help cover the costs of these crucial witnesses.
  4. Investigative Resources: Uncovering evidence and building a strong case often requires professional investigators and research resources.

Below is what Feifei wishes to convey:

“Due to ongoing legal proceedings, I cannot share my discoveries at this time. Once they are resolved, I will share my findings and lessons learned, especially from my interactions with UNR’s investigation teams and my highly frustrating legal journey in and outside the court. My hope is that none of you will face the challenges I’ve endured. I am determined to pass on my painful lessons to empower future advocates against injustices.”

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Updates (1)

October 13, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

UNR initially ignored my complaint in court until the unwavering strength of your support captured their attention. On Oct 12, 2023, prompted by your support, UNR reacted by filing a motion to dismiss (https://me2reno.org/fan-v-nshe/ docket# 19), almost ten months after I initiated the lawsuit.

As revealed by the news and the court docket, here is another intriguing timing coincidence.
KOLOTV: “In early September, a whistleblower sent an email to KOLO 8 News Now about these allegations. I followed up with the university on September 6th. Their response was: “The University disputes the allegations of the complaint and intends to respond through the court process. The University does not have any further comment on this pending litigation.””
On September 9th, 2023 Saturday, the district court dismissed my private lawsuit, which had legal and factual overlap with my UNR case. When I inquired about the appeals procedure with the clerk’s office at the appellate court, even the clerk was surprised to find that the dismissal order was issued on a Saturday and couldn’t believe that a district court order had been issued on a weekend (https://me2reno.org/fan-v-jiang/ docket# 107, 108). This raises questions about who might have exerted pressure on the district court.

Let’s conduct a case study to gain a deeper understanding of behind-the-scenes activities as the case develops. Court documents uploaded to: https://me2reno.org/fan-v-nshe/

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October 16, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Up-to-date PACER documents for my UNR lawsuit can be found here: https://me2reno.org/fan-v-nshe/
Up-to-date PACER documents for my private lawsuit can be found here: https://me2reno.org/fan-v-jiang/
This single case has generated invoices totaling nearly $300K by the time of the judge’s ruling on the motion to dismiss, a typical occurrence during the pleading stage. Let’s applaud their ‘dedication’ to running fees. Should I express ‘heartfelt’ thanks to UNR for their seemingly impressive ability to potentially influence the judge to draft extensive opinions over just two days and dismiss the case on a weekend? This ‘gracious’ act has spared me from incurring astronomical legal fees.

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October 18, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your support. Your support means a lot to me!

Due to my ongoing lawsuit, I cannot participate in recent inspiring events aimed at enhancing UNR’s campus. I WISH I COULD. I genuinely feel your strength and hear your voices. I stand in solidarity with all of you, both in the present and the future.

Photo credit: KOLO, KTVN, KUNR, The Nevada Sagebrush, This Is Reno, etc. (ordered alphabetically)

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October 20, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Let’s start here to reveal the challenges and corruption involved in pursuing a civil rights lawsuit against UNR, especially for an individual unfamiliar with the corrupt practices within the Nevada judicial system.

https://thisisreno.com/2023/10/sandoval-pledges-improvements-to-title-ix-office-as-unr-moves-to-dismiss-fan-case/

UNR’s motion to dismiss can be found here: https://me2reno.org/fan-v-nshe/ docket #19

Credit: https://thisisreno.com/2023/10/sandoval-pledges-improvements-to-title-ix-office-as-unr-moves-to-dismiss-fan-case/

By presenting ‘timely’ arguments on how this licensed attorney practices law, are the UNR attorneys indirectly suggesting that the Nevada State Bar might also have corruption issues?

In Rose v. Shintani (Case # 3:22-cv-00317-RCJ-CLB), District Court D. Nevada, filed on July 15, 2022, UNR filed a motion to dismiss, similarly alleging “UNR was not properly served.” Judge Robert C. Jones subsequently dismissed the complaint. This raises questions about a potential pattern, doesn’t it? It’s either that the serving procedure is overly complex for licensed attorneys, or these licensed attorneys conspire with UNR to disrupt the cases.

More cases against UNR and NSHE will be posted here: https://me2reno.org/lets-research/

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October 28, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Many of you may be curious about how the legal fees for my private case, which did not survive the motion to dismiss, became so high. I’ve posted some documents here: 1) invoices from Plaintiff’s attorney, Ryan Cann, 2) legal fee requests (3:21-cv-00458 Docket # 109, 109-1) from Defendants’ attorneys, Courtney Miller O’Mara, Enrique Schaerer, Kendall Lovell, and MaryJo Smart, 3) payments (#1, #2, #3) for court sanctions ordered by the judges, which I had to pay and have already paid.

A significant portion of the attorney fees incurred during this legal process were spent on discovery, filing motions, and debating meritless arguments. Both sides were aware that the legal theory was novel in the ‘conservative’ district court of Nevada because this is the first civil litigation case filed under the federal statute known as TVPRA in Nevada. This meant that for the complaint to survive the motion to dismiss, it needed judges who were more open-minded in their interpretation of the law, similar to those in more liberal states such as Illinois, New York, and California.

To illustrate the excessive attorney fees spent on discovery, the opposing counsel interrogated me about a broad range of topics, including all my past sexual acts and every trip I had taken with my parents and one witness since 2006. Likewise, they interrogated the witness about all sexual acts the witness had ever been involved in, including whether anyone had seen or touched his naked body or private parts. Furthermore, opposing counsel filed multiple motions seeking sanctions, each containing tens of pages, absurdly challenging minor discrepancies between my answers and the witness’s answers, despite intentionally framing their questions differently for me and the witness. These discovery tactics are documented in the court files.

Recalling past experiences of sexual abuse and slavery caused me severe trauma and emotional breakdowns. I placed complete trust on my attorney and the judicial system to handle all aspects of the lawsuits and followed their legal instructions passed to me unquestioningly, even when this licensed attorney directed me to pay the opposing counsel. I made every effort to shift my focus elsewhere and escape this painful entanglement. Towards the end of September, I unexpectedly discovered that the private case had been dismissed, on my own. It was at that moment I recognized the need to take the initiative in managing the case development.

After reviewing the court docket, I found indications of at least unethical behavior by attorneys involved in the legal process. I will provide further analysis on these issues later.

The key takeaway, valued at approximately $300K, is this: If you intend to make someone’s life difficult, you might know which law firm to hire, as its attorneys can assist in causing torment and increasing that person’s misery. You’re likely aware of the law firm’s proficiency in maximizing billable hours before you hire it. In a ‘jungle society’ guided by the principle of ‘the weak are prey to the strong,’ a corrupted judicial system ensures vulnerable individuals are subjected to torment, exacerbating their suffering.

For now, I’d like to update you on my efforts to the legal battle. I am actively seeking legal counsel. If I am able to successfully retain legal counsel (provided I don’t repeat past mistakes), I will relaunch my GoFundMe campaign to raise funds. All GoFundMe contributions will be exclusively dedicated to the UNR case, not for paying fees for these attorneys in my private case. I will return GoFundMe donations after I’ve overcome my financial crisis.

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November 01, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Even though we haven’t had the chance to meet face to face, your presence profoundly touches me. To those individuals who stand with me in support, my heart is truly grateful. Thank you from the depths of my heart.

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November 27, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

People want to know how the university responded after the protest. Let’s take a look at what actions the university has taken.

  • On October 20, 2023, UNR secretly got rid of the Title IX senior investigator, Stephanie Augdahl, who had been ‘burying the bodies.’ Stephanie Augdahl is working at the Seattle Office of U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights. Hannah Belleau, like Augdahl, left UNR for similar reasons. Both individuals were then promoted to better career opportunities by the old-boy network because of their loyalty.
  • On October 30, 2023, UNR announced an award for Jon Ralston, a political journalist and founder and CEO of The Nevada Independent, ‘for his contribution in covering politics in Nevada.’
  • On November 01, 2023, UNR magically secured a $36 million donation for the College of Engineering to establish an Aerospace Engineering program, which was hosted within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and had only two faculty members for the past few years.

UNR presents a masterclass demo in leveraging power and financial resources for the meticulous art of crisis management in shaping public perception.

Check out UNR Title IX Staff Employment Records.

UNR Title IX – Workday Job History
UNR Title IX – Workday Job History
UNR Title IX – Workday Job History

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December 02, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Although November and December are cold months for the media, media professionals have been tirelessly working to report on this event from various angles, hoping to inspire the public. The latest article from The Chronicle is one such example. This article presents many thought-provoking questions from multiple perspectives. I believe that after reading this article, readers will have some insights and thoughts on issues that may have been overlooked for a long time. I hope to see more controversial discussions because more controversy signifies a deeper discussion of the underlying issues, and it means that the efforts of me and all those supporting me are meaningful. Later, I will share my research and thoughts, beginning with this article, in Section “Behind the Lawsuits: Motivation, Legal Significance, and Hurdles.

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December 30, 2023 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Check out this opinion article on This Is Reno.

  • “University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) President Brian E. Sandoval also has no background in education but was a judge, attorney general, and two-time governor, …”
  • Sandoval also claimed that he did not remember … a similar case (Gaillard) in which he was judge, making ridiculous rulings in NSHE’s favor against the international student rape victim. … Sandoval referred to sexual abuse and rape … as a “friendship.””
  • “NSHE appears to have enjoyed special favors from the judiciary for decades, and Sandoval is reported to be personal friends with the majority of judges.”

Is the money students pay for tuition being utilized by Nevada politicians to gain mutual favor and support among themselves? This ruling circle, who oppresses individuals fighting for civil rights, can in no way represent or consider the interests of the overwhelming majority of enlightened students, faculty, and staff at UNR. Should UNR think about refunding a portion of tuition to students?

In the Title IX hearing determination letter I received on December 20, 2023, the Hearing Officer states “there is no precedent at the University for imposing sanctions for a violation of the Consensual Relationships Policy.” In stating this, does the Hearing Officer confirm: UNR’s central administration and professors can freely exploit students for sex without facing any sanctions, as long as UNR arbitrarily labels the activity as consensual? Is UNR a sanctuary and carnival ground for protecting predators? Can UNR reassure parents about sending their children here?

If you believe UNR has behaved despicably in addressing its civil rights violations, like the Hussein case and others, then you’re underestimating the extent of UNR’s actions. Delve deeper, reveal more, and you’ll be utterly stunned, redefining what ‘despicable’ truly means.

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January 30, 2024 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

Nevada Faculty Alliance’s report: UNR Budget: Misplaced Priorities & Diverted Resources.

Discussion of UNR students regarding this situation: reddit

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February 15, 2024 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

UNR terminated my employment in January, 2024. News coverage: This Is Reno, The Chronicle, The Nevada Sagebrush, KUNR, Our Town Reno. The moment I filed my Title IX complaint with UNR in January, 2021 sealed the fate of this termination. Because of the student protest and media attention that followed, I wasn’t the only one who left UNR in January, 2024.

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February 15, 2024 by Feifei Fan, Organizer

https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/
https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/
Credit: Erick C. Jones’ scientific journal and his wife Felicia Jefferson’s article.

This scandal doesn’t really shock the faculty at UNR’s College of Engineering because anyone with eyes can see the ‘scholarship’ of Erick C. Jones (Dean and Mech Eng full Professor). What’s disappointing is that it’s only when academics outside UNR start discussing it that it truly gains attention within the UNR community. When you witness the nonsensical and aggressive responses from Jones, you get a sense of the shamelessness pervading the UNR leadership, flipping truth on its head from top to bottom. (Other discussions: Hacker News, op-ed at the bottom)


Go To Top, Campaign Updates: 2023 October (1-6), 2023 November (7-8), 2023 December (9-10), 2024 January (11), 2024 February (12-13)

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