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The Context of UW-Whitewater’s Chancellor Seach

UW-Whitewater now seeks a new, permanent chancellor after the last two presided over a campus with a high number of sexual assaults, administrative concealment of harassment, and multiple published accounts of failure to process complainants’ claims properly under federal law. See, a category at FREEWHITEWATER addressing the circumstances that brought this campus, and this community, to search for a new chancellor.

Mentioning this does not make Whitewater weaker – it is the necessary path to making Whitewater stronger (by being safer). The path to fewer controversies – where controversy means tragedy — runs through a place of candid discussion.

Via A Community Listening Session for a New Chancellor @ FREE WHITEWATER.

Haves, Have Nots

UW-Madison’s strong tenure policy, combined with its relatively healthy financial situation, means faculty layoffs at the flagship campus would be unlikely, Radomski [executive director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education] said. But at smaller UW campuses where declining enrollment has magnified the impact of state budget cuts, such as UW-Milwaukee, he said administrators could use weaker tenure policies to close programs and fire professors.

“The new uncertainty, and the new concern, is going to be: Are the enrollment and the fiscal problems going to trigger program discontinuation, and therefore trigger faculty layoffs?” Radomski said.

Via UW Regents set for vote on new faculty tenure policies @ madison.com.

Update on Title IX Claims Against UW-Whitewater

[Assault Survivor and Title IX Claimant Raechel Liska] Liska has encouraged at least one other student to come forward and submit supplemental testimony to be attached to Liska’s Title IX claim.

Sarah, a senior at UW-Whitewater who agreed to let The Janesville Gazette use her first name, learned about Liska through the media. In her testimony, Sarah wrote she experienced a similar response as Liska from UW-Whitewater after reporting she was sexually assaulted by another student.

Sarah claims Mackin did not inform her of her Title IX rights and felt as if Mackin “talked down” to her and “never addressed the actual problem that I was having: I was abused by another UW-Whitewater student and I was terrified,” according to the testimony.

UW-Whitewater police talked to the accused, but Sarah still felt the university was minimizing her fears of retaliation from the man, Sarah wrote.

Sarah could not file her own Title IX complaint because the deadline had passed, Held said. Sarah was given the option to add testimony to Liska’s claim and did so to help push for improvement in UW-W’s response to sexual assault victims.

It was “distressing to realize that, after talking to Raechel about her interactions with the school, I wasn’t alone in this treatment. It made me want to change the way the University deals with cases like mine and Raechel’s,” Sarah said in her testimony.

Via Liska crusader for more assault awareness @ Daily Union.