UW System opens new investigation

The UW System has opened another investigation after recent allegations of sexual harassment at UW-Whitewater.

UW System spokesperson Heather LaRoi released a statement Tuesday morning, saying, “Given the University of Wisconsin System’s unwavering commitment to provide a safe educational and work environment, we are opening a new investigation into the most recent allegations related to UW-Whitewater.”

The allegations come from Whitewater Common Council member Stephanie Vander Pas who alleges Pete Hill, the husband of UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper, groped her. Vander Pas called for Kopper to resign.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Hill had been banned from campus and stripped of his unpaid appointment as an associate to the chancellor in June after a UW System investigation found merit to allegations of harassment by Hill dating back to 2015.

For more go to WKOW: https://wkow.com/news/top-stories/2018/09/18/alderwoman-demands-chancellor-resign-over-husbands-conduct/

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WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — A Whitewater Common Council member says University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper’s husband groped her and Kopper should resign.

UW System President Ray Cross banned Pete Hill from campus and stripped him of his title as associate to the chancellor in June in response to allegations Hill sexually harassed several women.

Whitewater Alderwoman Stephanie Vander Pas posted on Facebook on Sunday that Hill put his hand up her skirt, down the back of her skirt and then “to a place I can still feel that hand.” She did not elaborate in the letter about the circumstances of their alleged encounter. She concluded the letter by demanding Kopper resign.

Hill has denied any wrongdoing. A university spokeswoman told the Wisconsin State Journal that Kopper remains committed to serving the school.

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