Murdock alleges in the lawsuit he first notified the university about Rice's behavior last summer and in November supplied Rutgers officials with a copy of a video that culled together a number of allegedly abusive incidents involving the head coach.
"Despite having been in possession of such video footage, the university and its representatives inexplicably chose to ignore ... Rice's unlawful conduct,'' the lawsuit said.
Murdock's attorney, Barry Kozyra, told reporters Friday that he and Murdock at the time told the university that Rice should step down.
When asked about the lawsuit, Barchi declined to comment, citing "an ongoing legal situation."
Earlier this week, Pernetti had said he made a mistake in favoring suspension for the head coach.
"I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice," Pernetti said in a written statement. "Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong."
It was a surprising end to Pernetti's tenure at Rutgers, where he was heralded only last year for his role in moving the university into the powerhouse Big Ten Conference, which will begin in 2014.