A professor under investigation for decades of alleged sexual misconduct has retired, UW-Madison officials confirmed.
Harvey Jacobs, a professor in the department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, retired last May, amid reports that he had touched students and coworkers inappropriately and made sexual remarks to them.
The investigation, which began in the fall of 2017, is still underway, but the Wisconsin State Journal confirmed that a report submitted to UW-Madison provost Sarah Mangelsdorf on Sept. 25 substantiated five allegations in a complaint filed 11 months prior.
The department chair, Ken Genskow, said in a statement he appreciated UW's handling of the investigation and the school’s efforts to address pervasive campus climate problems.
"This experience has been a wake-up call for our department. I am grateful to the faculty, staff and the many students who have worked together over the past two years to address and improve our climate," Genskow said.