In a story from the Chronicle for Higher Education, a fifth woman, Hailey Miller, reveals her own experience with harassment from Pete Hill, who held the position of associate to the chancellor (while also UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper’s husband). Miller’s account to the Chronicle, backed by contemporaneous notes she shared with that publication, is similar in many details to the experiences of four other UW-Whitewater-affiliated women, including Stephanie Vander Pas. Indeed, Ms. Miller’s account is corroborative of the method of harassment and assault alleged by other claimants, including Mrs. Vander Pas. See Journal Sentinel: UW-Whitewater chancellor’s husband banned from campus after sexual harassment investigation.
Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel also details many of the allegations that Ms. Miller makes in the Chronicle story, in Herzog’s own story (A fifth woman has publicly accused UW-Whitewater chancellor’s husband of sexual harassment).
At the time of these published news stories, UW-Whitewater’s media relations had not included in its reply to the Journal Sentinel‘s public records request under Wisconsin law any interview statement Kopper may have given to investigators.
The new revelations contend that other highly-placed employees were aware of Hill’s conduct, including assistant vice chancellor for university marketing and communications Sara Kuhl. (Kuhl, notably, is the official responsible for providing full and complete responses to public records requests under Wisconsin law.)
The Chronicle‘s Jack Stripling reports that
In contemporaneous notes, which she shared with The Chronicle, Miller recorded an exchange on July 29, 2016, at approximately 1:45 p.m. Hill stopped at her office doorway, she wrote, and “walked behind my desk with his arms open, looking for a hug.” As she stood up to hug him, Hill said, “damn.” He embraced Miller, longer than she was comfortable with, and asked, “How long can we do this?” she recorded.Hill “kissed my neck,” she wrote, and “as I pulled away, he slapped my lower back.”Miller considered reporting the incident but decided not to, jotting down her rationale in notes on her phone.“I did not immediately report this because I don’t want it to have a negative impact on my job or my graduate-school career in the semester before I graduate,” she wrote. “I am afraid of potential retribution if I report sexual harassment against the chancellor’s husband. Although Pete Hill should more than know that his actions are inappropriate, I believe he is using his authority and access to young women to further his own wants.”
… Continue readingMiller says she was expecting an uncomfortable embrace, even though she had told Hill, “I’m not a hugger.” Hill’s response, reflected in Miller’s notes of the meeting, was that they would “have to practice” hugging.