UW committee recommends expulsion for student

A UW-Madison committee has recommended the expulsion of a student accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his dorm room last fall.

UW officials say during a misconduct hearing, a committee found 19-year-old Alec Shiva responsible for violating university student conduct policies related to a crime of violence.

This is the second time this month a UW-Madison committee has voted to expel a student charged with sexual assault. A committee voted earlier this month to expel student Alec Cook, who has been charged with multiple sexual assaults. Cook's attorneys have appealed the decision.

According to a criminal complaint filed in November, then 18-year-old Shiva was under the influence of LSD when he sexually assaulted assaulted a woman in his dorm room.

Shiva has been charged with second degree sexual assault, strangulation, and false imprisonment; all felonies. He also faces battery, damage to property, and disorderly conduct misdemeanor charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Shiva has until April 7 to appeal the expulsion decision to Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

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