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UW-L needs to address sexual misconduct allegations quickly and completely

Scott Robert Shaw



If there is one thing we have learned since the #metoo movement, it is that those who are accused need to be transparent and to address the issue quickly. That is why it is important that UW-La Crosse get in front of allegations surrounding a university professor. That professor is accused of sexual misconduct in a campus building during the last school year. But so far the university’s response to the allegation has been nearly non-existent. The female student claims she informed the university of what she felt was inappropriate and unprofessional conduct, but the administration failed to inform her of any investigation or outcome of her claims. When she followed up, she was finally told by the university that the professor had been instructed not to have any contact with her. Only when she took to social media to share her story did the university agree to “re-open” the investigation. That is not a good look. Either is the protests of students, carrying signs that says UW-L protects predators. The university needs to address this controversy quickly and completely and determine whether the claims are true, and take the appropriate action. For the sake of the student in question and all current and future UW-L students.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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