UWS professor voluntarily resigns following investigation

By KBJR News 1

UWS professor voluntarily resigns following investigation

October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Dr. Matthew Faerber, a professor with the University of Wisconsin-Superior, has announced that he will voluntarily resign his tenured faculty position following an investigation.

On August 23rd, the UW System and UW-Superior learned about Dr. Faerber's past criminal charges and conviction of attempted child sexual abuse in 1990 in Utah.

Faerber was hired in the music department in August of 1998, however the UW System did not implement a mandatory criminal background check of all new employees until 2007.

In accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code, university officials placed Dr. Faerber on paid administrative leave effective August 28.

Retired judge Edward Brunner conducted an independent investigation, which concluded with a report to UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter on September 30. KBJR filed a Data Practices request in an attempt to acquire the investigation document but were told that because the investigation report includes student education records they were not required to release the document.

After reviewing all available information, Chancellor Wachter moved to seek Dr. Faerber's dismissal, placing him on unpaid leave effective October 9th. However Faerber voluntarily resigned effective this week.

Chancellor Wachter, today, issued the following statement:
“Today, UW-Superior announced that Dr. Faerber will voluntarily resign his tenured faculty position, under terms of a separation agreement. We believe that this is a fair and reasonable resolution to a difficult situation, which serves the best interests of students and the entire UW-Superior community."

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