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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2009

University issues statement regarding order by District Court Judge

RENO, Nev. – Washoe County District Court Judge Connie Steinheimer has issued an order granting in part and denying in part a petition to summon a grand jury investigation.

The University offers this statement:

“We have reviewed Judge Steinheimer’s 92-page order. We are pleased, but not surprised that Judge Steinheimer has found that 178 of the petitioners’ allegations are unfounded and there is no reasonable evidence supporting the accusations.

“The order indicates that some matters will be referred to the grand jury. That order is sealed and we do not know the nature of those matters. Regardless, we are prepared to confront whatever remaining accusations there may be with credible and believable evidence. It is unfortunate that the process did not allow the University to participate or be heard in these one-sided presentations.

“We are not able to comment further without knowing the contents of Judge Steinheimer’s sealed order.”

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