Part I: sexual harassment saga unfolds at University of Wisconsin

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that another woman has come forward to publicly accuse the husband of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper of sexual harassment. She is the second former student, and fifth woman to accuse Pete Hill of making sexually suggestive comments and unwanted physical contact while he was working in an unpaid role on the campus about a mile west of downtown Milwaukee.

Three of the five accusers are former university employees, the newspaper reports. The woman who made the most recent allegations is a former graduate student who worked in the chancellor’s office.

A university spokesperson said a third investigation into the allegations against Hill has been launched. Hill was investigated last year, but the inquiry didn’t substantiate the allegations. He was required afterwards to take sexual harassment training.

Kopper, 64, recently said that when she learned of the allegations against her husband, she was taken “completely by surprise.”

Two of the women making allegations have joined state Sen. Steve Nass (Whitewater) in calling for the chancellor to resign. They argue that Kopper’s management style might be fostering an environment that makes other women afraid to come forward.

Hill held the ceremonial, unpaid position of associate to the chancellor, participating frequently in fundraising, alumni and athletic functions. In early summer, he lost the title and was banned from campus and university events – including events at the chancellor’s home where he lives.

We will have more on this unfolding story in our next blog post.

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