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QU denies allegations in lawsuit filed by former student

Quincy University is denying allegations made in a lawsuit filed by a former student athlete. | H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019 2:20 pm Updated: Mar. 21, 2019 3:28 pm

QUINCY — Quincy University is vigorously denying allegations against the school that have been made in a lawsuit filed in 2018. 

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the university vowed to defend itself in the suit.

“Quincy University strongly denies the allegations brought in the lawsuit and intends to vigorously defend itself,” the statement read. “The University takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously and is committed to complying with Title IX. The safety and well-being of our students are of the utmost importance.”

The statement is in reaction to a suit filed by a former Quincy University tennis player against former coach Brian Holzgrafe and the school seeking $10 million in damages, alleging violations of federal and state law based on his involvement in an investigation of the tennis program in April 2017.

The suit was filed in April 2018 in U.S. District Court in Springfield on behalf of Daniel Lozier by attorney Patrick Sheehan III of Sheehan and Sheehan in Springfield. Quincy University is represented by Denise Baker-Seal of Brown and James P.C. of St. Louis.

Two of Lozier's claims against QU fall under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 — retaliation and hostile educational environment. The suit also claims intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, estoppel (a court may prevent a person from making assertions or from going back on his or her word), public disclosure of private facts, false light, negligent supervision and negligent retention.

Lozier claims to have suffered and continues to suffer injuries for which he is entitled to be compensated. 

The men's tennis season ended on April 22, 2017. Mark Schuering was hired to replace Holzgrafe as the coach of the men's and women's tennis teams on June 22, 2017.