Statement of Interim Chancellor David Ward on second Chadima allegation

February 6, 2012

Here is a statement issued today (Monday, Feb. 6) by Interim Chancellor David Ward:

“I have been informed by the University of Wisconsin Police Department that it is investigating a second allegation involving John Chadima and an adult male.

“Police have corroborated many of the details of the individual’s story and believe it to be credible. As in the Rose Bowl case, the individual was apprised of his legal right to press charges, but has chosen not to do so, at this time.

“We take all reports of this sort seriously. Since Monday, Jan. 30, university police have been investigating the latest allegation, in consultation with the Dane County District Attorney’s Office. The university police will continue to investigate all allegations of sexual impropriety or abuse of power brought to their attention.

“With this most recent news coming on the heels of receiving the report of the Rose Bowl incident, and after consultation with the leadership of the Board of Regents, I am taking these immediate steps:

“I have asked former Judge Patrick Fiedler to conduct an independent investigation of these and any related allegations. He will be joined in this effort by two investigators. I have asked him to summarize the results of his inquiry in a report to me and to the Board of Regents.

“We are urging anyone who may have been a victim or anyone with information about inappropriate conduct by Mr. Chadima to come forward. We recognize that not all victims or people with information wish to report to the police, although I would encourage them to do so. In addition to contacting UW Police, former Judge Fiedler is available to accept reports and information. To contact the university police, phone (608) 262-2957 or email To contact Fielder call (608) 262-3017.”

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