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UW Oshkosh Settles Lawsuit With Student Alleging Harassment

July 23, 2019

The University of Wisconsin system has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former student at the system's Oshkosh campus alleging that one of her professors sexually harassed her, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. The ex-student's lawsuit alleged that a former professor at Oshkosh had sexually and emotionally abused her after their consensual relationship ended in 2012. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin system told the Milwaukee newspaper that the settlement was in the "best interest of taxpayers and the university."

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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