Last week several local news outlets covered the story of former University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UWW) Campus wrestling coach, Tim Fader, who was suspended from the school’s athletic program in April and then denied another contract for the 2014-15 school year in August.
Fader, who had been coaching at UWW for ten years, had just finished up the most successful year in the program’s history. He had academic All-Americans and wrestling All-Americans, as well as being a three-time defending conference champion and the reigning conference coach of the year.
In April of this year a student’s mother approached Fader telling him that one of his recruits had sexually assaulted her daughter. Fader immediately called the police and had one of his assistant coaches drive the suspect to the police department where he cooperated with the police investigation fully.
The police never made an arrest.
Fader received a return call from the mother of the female student two days later during which she told him that she should have never called him and that she was wrong about the incident.
Two weeks later the school notified him that he was suspended from his duties as the school’s wrestling coach. He was told the reason was that he didn’t contact authorities at the school before contacting the police.
“I followed my gut,” he told local television reporters “My gut said to call the police. That’s what you’re taught to do. That’s what I teach my kids to do if they see a problem.”
Fader, who was also a member of the faculty as a physical education teacher, was told that he was being suspended from his teaching job as well and that an internal investigation into the recruiting practices of the wrestling program was underway. Less than a month later, Fader was asked to resign.
The school had cited two minor violations of the recruiting rules including a booster driving a potential recruit to the campus and a recruit engaging in a practice with an assistant coach present. Fader believes the violations were so minor they would not have resulted in his being fired at any other school.
UW-Whitewater is one of 55 schools currently under investigation for Title IX violations by the Department of Education and Fader believes that this is the true reason for his firing.
When asked by local reporters UW-Whitewater spokeswoman Sara Kuhl denied an open records request asking for documents related to the Title IX investigation into the alleged incident in April because she said its attorneys and the federal government advised the school to do so.
Current guidelines for reporting sexual assault on college campuses state that the school must be notified first and that it is up to the alleged victim to decide whether or not to have law enforcement involved. Critics of this policy say this eliminates proper investigative fact-finding procedures and robs the accused of due process.
“That’s right, the guy just wanted to do the right thing, and make sure the authorities were aware of this serious accusation. But apparently colleges and universities are EXEMPT from the regular system of law and order in the United States” said UM-Whitewater alumnus and AVFM Forum member Humansplaining.
“No, they exist in a separate plane of existence, where an entirely different set of rules applies.”
Fader is now in a battle to clear his name and restore his career. While no intention of taking legal action has been announced, he is reaching out to local media to publicly state his case.
AVFM will update readers on developments.