Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said they are reviewing their policies after a report was released detailing allegations that an Athletic Department official grabbed a student's crotch at an alcohol-fueled party during the football team's trip to the Rose Bowl.
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A report assembled by an independent review panel and released publicly Tuesday night revealed details that many have waited for weeks to be released.
The report found that John Chadima, a former UW-Madison senior associate athletic director, was alleged to have put his hand down a student's pants at the end of a party in Chadima's suite at a Los Angeles hotel on Dec. 31, two days before the Badgers appeared in the Rose Bowl.
Chadima also was accused of threatening to have the student employee -- who wasn't identified -- fired after he swatted Chadima's hand away, according to the report.
Chadima's attorney, Charles Giesen, said the incident was a momentary lapse in judgment.
"We would hope that this is put into some perspective," Giesen said. "John had a stellar 22-year career with the university."
Chadima was put on administrative leave on Jan. 6 and resigned the same day. He previously had issued an apology for a "lapse in judgment," and issued another statement through his attorney Tuesday.
"I make no excuses and have come to the realization that over the past few months, alcohol had controlled and consumed my life," Chadima said. "I am taking steps to correct that problem in my life at this time. I will take full responsibility for my lack of judgment and actions that evening."
"John accepts full responsibility for what he did," Giesen said. "He's not making any excuses. He's realized there are issues in his life that he does have to deal with."
Patrick Fiedler led the UW-appointed review committee looking into the allegations against Chadima. The former Dane County judge emphasized the report is not the result of a hearing body.
"So the people we interviewed did so voluntarily," Fiedler said. "We had no rights to subpoena anybody. We did not administer anybody the oath prior to the interviews. And so we never came out and say that, as it relates to, we're finding this person credible or this person not credible."
The report said its findings were based on interviews with 23 people, including students and professional staff -- but they were "not able to arrange an interview" with Badgers football coach Bret Bielema. Three student employees of the Athletic Department declined to be interviewed. The report also reviewed information from Chadima's office computer and school-issued cellphone.
Chadima declined to speak with the panel.
UW officials said they are now focused on reviewing current policies. Vince Sweeney, vice chancellor for university relations, said the report will help spark change within the university, beginning with policies regarding alcohol use during off-campus events, and policies on how sexual misconduct is reported.
"So we have a lot of work to do," Sweeney said. "We need to look at what our current policies are. And if they're not there, or if they're outdated, we need to update those. And we need to be able to communicate those better."
University officials said they have not received any word of pending litigation from the student who made the allegation against Chadima. They said their focus remains on amending current policies.
The report said Chadima hosted a bowl game party for staff and student employees for at least the past four years. The most recent party began Dec. 30 and lasted into the early-morning hours of Dec. 31, at Chadima's hotel suite. According to the report, Chadima provided "alcohol, beer and mixers" and guests were invited to serve themselves. Some of the guests were under age 21.
University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez issued a statement Wednesday saying that he was disappointed in the "highly inappropriate behavior" of Chadima and that he wasn't aware beforehand of a party where Chadima was alleged to have inappropriately grabbed a student.
Alvarez said that he was saddened by the allegations and that Chadima was someone who he had come to rely on.
"John worked for the University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics for 22 years, many of them under my direct supervision. He was a trusted and valued employee," Alvarez said in the statement.
He said that he believes this incident was an "isolated allegation," and that he was very disappointed in Chadima's conduct.
Alvarez took issue with the panel's assertion that he knew about the party where the incident occurred beforehand. He said that while he was aware of similar gatherings of Athletic Department staff in the past, neither he nor Deputy Athletic Director Sean Frazier knew about this one.
"The gathering in question was John's way to recognize many of our staff who work behind the scenes and are not invited to other bowl-related events. I did not know that some of our student employees were involved. That is unacceptable, and our staff will be educated about the inappropriateness of such behavior," he said in the statement.