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Former UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper retired Jan. 5 after a semester on paid leave. She resigned from her role as chancellor following allegations of sexual harassment against her husband.

Former UW-Whitewater chancellor retires from university

Former UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper, who left her leadership position following sexual harassment allegations against her husband, retired from the university Jan. 5, the Gazette Xtra reported Friday. 

Kopper resigned at the end of 2018, but her exit agreement included a position teaching psychology classes the next academic year at a salary more than 75 percent higher than the average faculty member in her department. 

Come fall, however, Kopper’s classes were reassigned to other professors, and the university granted her paid leave

Following her retirement, Kopper’s spring semester classes have also been reassigned, according to The Gazette. 

Kopper’s resignation as chancellor occurred about six months after UW System President Ray Cross barred her husband, Alan “Pete” Hill, from campus following allegations of sexual harassment. 

A UW System investigation found his behavior was “pervasive and well-known” and a “blind spot” for Kopper at best. The investigative report also found Hill harassed at least seven and potentially up to 10 female students or employees at UW-Whitewater. 

Kopper responded to the release of the report by calling it “rampant with speculation.”

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