Keith Jackson

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University has been at the center of several court cases this year.  

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by an NIU biology professor claimed he was denied salary increases in-line with similarly situated non-Indian faculty members.

Court documents alleged the university "willfully and deliberately" subjected the professor to discrimination on the basis of his race since he was hired in 1983.

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The status hearing scheduled this week involving NIU Controller Keith Jackson and university officials has been reset to Aug. 30.

In 2015, Jackson filed suit for wrongful termination against NIU, the university’s Board of Trustees, President Doug Baker, and former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield.

The decision to move the status hearing in Rockford follows a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case. Keith Jackson must respond to that motion by May 19. NIU and Baker then must reply by early June. 

UPDATE: 1/8/16: The request to move the case from Chicago's Eastern Division to Rockford's Western Division has been granted. Jackson's attorney, Alejandro Caffarelli confirmed the decision to WNIJ.

Background

Keith Jackson has been NIU’s Comptroller since 1999. He was placed on paid administrative leave, and filed a federal wrongful-termination lawsuit Oct. 2 against Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees, President Doug Baker, and former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield.

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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees and President Doug Baker intend to file a Motion to Dismiss a case involving Keith Jackson, who was suspended from his job as university Controller. Additionally, court documents show the defendants want to change the venue from Chicago to Rockford.

A Parties' planning meeting was held Nov. 24 by telephone including Alejandro Caffarelli, representing Keith Jackson, and Helena Wright for the Board of Trustees and President Doug Baker.

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Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal.