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As others sever ties, questions follow UW link with controversial study abroad program
A year after UW-Madison student Beau Solomon drowned in the Tiber River in the summer of 2016, his family sued John Cabot University in Rome, sparking a discussion about students’ safety while studying abroad.
The lawsuit claims JCU acted with “reckless indifference,” and asserts the university “failed to inform both Solomon and UW-Madison that four young adults had died within 350 yards of the university from 2014-’15,” according to an earlier article from The Daily Cardinal.
JCU has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Solomon is the only recorded death of a UW-Madison student studying abroad from 2011 to the present, according to the UW-Madison Crimes Abroad Report filed by the International Division. But he is far from the only student to be the victim of a crime while traveling across the globe.
According to the report, 45 crimes have been filed in the same six-year period. While only four of these reportedly occurred at JCU — two aggravated assaults, one robbery and Solomon’s death — questions arose regarding the safety and reporting practices of the university following the lawsuit’s filing.
A UW-Madison student who wished to remain anonymous told The Daily Cardinal she was drugged at an Italian bar, Sloppy Sam’s, while studying at JCU. She suspected someone slipped roofies, a date rape drug, in her drink.
This crime does not appear in the Crimes Abroad Report. Steven Barcus, director of communications for UW-Madison’s International Division, did not answer as to why this incident was not included in the data. But he said the International Academic Programs office abides by guidelines under the Clery Act — a federal law implemented at institutions of higher education that specifies which campus-related crimes must be reported. They work with the on-campus Clery Program Office to determine which incidents meet the act’s reporting guidelines.