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UW-L art professor resigns after sexual harassment allegations

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said late Tuesday afternoon that art professor and former department chair Joel Elgin, who was the subject of an investigation involving sexual harassment, is leaving the university.

Gow published a letter on the university's Facebook page stating that Elgin canceled a meeting he had with the chancellor Tuesday. Gow said it was Elgin's opportunity to respond to the investigation into reports of sexual harassment. Elgin's attorney informed Gow of the cancellation of the meeting.

Gow said in the letter that the investigative report was "compelling enough to move the process of dismissing a faculty member to its next phase."

Elgin was replaced in September as the art department head.

An investigation was re-opened after a student came forward to say she'd been sexually molested by a university professor.

The report was sent to Chancellor Gow on November 22.

In the letter to students and staff at the university, Gow said as soon as he is legally able to do so, he'll share the report. Gow said Elgin has the opportunity, through the state's public records law, to try to block the release of the report.

Gow also thanked the individuals who came forward to tell of their experiences with Elgin. He also apologized for what happened.

"On behalf of our university, I apologize to them for what they have been subject to. I think that once you read the investigative report you will understand why I feel the way I do.

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