Beth Fegan and Lynn Ellenberger lead a class action case brought on behalf of three former student-athletes against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the NCAA Board of Governors, and John Rembao, the former track and cross-country coach at the University of Arizona, University of Texas-Austin and other NCAA universities.
The complaint alleges that the NCAA put student-athletes in harm’s way by failing to prohibit sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual contact between coaches and student-athletes, and by permitting coaches accused of sexual abuse, like Rembao, to move unfettered between NCAA schools.
The suit also claims that the NCAA facilitated a national epidemic by perpetuating a cycle of sexual abuse because it chose not to impose significant sanctions that would incentivize schools to report abuse and deter perpetrators.
The lawsuit seeks retribution for plaintiffs’ significant physical and emotional distress and aims to hold the governing collegiate body accountable for failing in its duty to keep student-athletes safe. It also seeks injunctive relief centering on the implementation of significant and meaningful reforms including outside oversight to ensure adherence to the highest and strictest standards of behavior by the athletics department personnel, and the guaranteed safety of student athletes going forward.
Hear their stories. Erin, Londa and Jessica speak out about John Rembao and the NCAA: