Chippewa Valley Lawmaker Wants To End Pay For UW Professors Convicted Of Crimes

A state lawmaker has criticized a policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that allows the school to continue to pay professors convicted of crimes.

Republican State Representative Scott Suder of Abbotsford says the policy is an offense to Wisconsin taxpayers.

He sent a letter to the university Tuesday asking for more information about one of three U-W professors who have been convicted of crimes but have not yet been fired.

Two of the professors, Robert Coronado and Steven Clark, have tenure.

University chancellor spokesman Casey Nagy says the policy is meant to give professors due process in fighting their dismissal even if they are convicted of crimes.

On Friday, Coronado was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting three young girls.

He is pursuing an appeal and is expected to be paid for two and a half months of vacation time.

Clark was sentenced to one year in jail after a stalking conviction. Clark was granted a month of paid vacation.