Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department identified it in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
In March 2015, an unnamed Whitewater graduate spoke to a local television station about what she said was the administration's mishandling of her alleged sexual assault. She said that she was treated poorly by campus officials, and that that mistreatment had prompted her to file a federal Title IX complaint.
Eight months later, news emerged of a second Title IX complaint against the university. In that case, a student said the university's process for handling her complaint was stacked in favor of the student she had accused of assault. No criminal charges were filed in connection with either case. Beverly A. Kopper, Whitewater's chancellor, said in a message to the campus at the time that the university was committed to "taking steps toward preventing any occurrence of sexual violence on our campus."
In August 2016, the institution's former wrestling coach, Tim Fader, filed a lawsuit claiming that his contract was not renewed because he reported an alleged sexual assault by a wrestling recruit to local police, not university officials, among other things. A university spokesperson told WISC-TV that the institution does not comment on litigation.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its policies and its climate.
This five-page document bundle includes letters from the Department of Education to the university and a complainant alerting both to the opening of an investigation and requesting data from the college.
This 18-page document bundle includes correspondence between the Department of Education and the complainant, as well as the university. The original complaint is included, but is almost entirely redacted.
The former UW-Whitewater wrestling coach is suing the school's former chancellor and its current athletics director for unlawfully firing him and actively conspiring to keep him from getting another job.