UW-La Crosse Chancellor apologizes for inviting adult film actress to campus

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow is apologizing after he arranged for an adult film actress to speak on campus earlier this month.

Nina Hartley visited UW-L to talk with students about adult entertainment and taking ownership of their sexuality.

School money was used to pay for her visit, which Gow now says he will personally compensate the university for.

Gow says he is also arranging an anti-porn group, Fight the New Drug, to speak on campus later this month.

In a statement to students and faculty, Gow says he has learned from the experience.

The full statement reads, "Dear students and colleagues:

I'm writing to let you know how sorry I am for the sensationalistic media attention UWL has received as a result of a speaker I brought to campus to help us celebrate Free Speech Week. Regrettably, in many media headlines and accounts the speaker's profession completely overwhelmed her message. I admit that in inviting her to present at our university I was naive about this possibility and I have learned much from it.

Because so many media accounts have raised concerns about my office's budget being used to pay an honorarium to this speaker, I am personally compensating the University for the costs of the honorarium.

Also, in response to several requests from students, parents, and community members I am arranging for a speaker from the non-profit group "Fight the New Drug" to make a presentation on our campus later this month. When the exact date is finalized I'll be sure to let you know. This will be another way to promote free expression on our campus, and I look forward to attending.

In order to avoid any further controversy in the media, I will not be making any more public statements about this matter. I'm very grateful for your patience and understanding.

Best wishes,