- Rationale


"We expect our professors to criticize each other, to debate, to question authority...the actions themselves fall under the realm of educational employment in a university setting...the actions themselves, the actions of criticizing, debating, and questioning authority do serve a legitimate purpose...". [Zeke Wiedenfeld, Court Commissioner, Walworth County Circuit Court]

My name is Chris Henige. I have taught art history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2001.

The purpose of this site is to provide all of the documentation associated with my experiences at the university starting in 2012 and carrying through to the present day. I will be starting with the current and moving backward through time, and more materials will continue to appear on this site over time.

The documents, audio and commentary contained in this site are all a matter of public record.

- Kangaroo Court 2

Exhibit 343 - Hearing Panel

Composition of the Hearing Panel

Hephzibah Kumpaty (Chair), John McGuigan (withdrew), Kathy Brady, Myung Hee Chung, Richard Mason, Leon Arriola (alternate)

Exhibit 243 - Oct 2, 2015 - Procedural Review

Statement Read at the Procedural Review

I read this verbatim at the review.

Exhibit 237 - Oct 2, 2015 - Procedural Review

Recording of the Procedural Review

I've cut the part where I read the statement above verbatim. You'll hear counsel for the University admitting they cannot engage counsel unless I do (have a look at the First Kangaroo Court for the hypocrisy in this.) Counsel also seems quite interested in the rules, but not quite enough to actually follow them, as moments later they seek an extension because they are not prepared.

Exhibit 238 - Oct 6, 2015 - Procedural Review

Response from UW-System Legal

This is chock full of spurious and downright false arguments.

Exhibit 240 - Oct 6, 2015 - Procedural Review

Attachments to UW-System Legal Response

You'll notice the absence of the Investigator's Report in the attachments to the very first exhibit.

Exhibit 239 - Oct 6, 2015 - Procedural Review

Annotated Response from UW-System Legal

Previous document with my comments.

Exhibit 242 - Oct 12, 2015 - Procedural Review

Hearing Panel's Report

Hmm....how does one argue with logic like this?

Exhibit 241 - Oct 12, 2015 - Procedural Review

Annotated Version of the Panel's Report

What can you say, especially when you have no way to appeal this nonsense? The utter disregard shown by both hearing panels for the rules does not seem like incompetence, and they have no reason to ignore them of their own accord, and so the only conclusion one can draw is that they were instructed to ignore them. Note: Counsel for both panels, Paige Reed, went on to become the "Chief of Institutional Policy and Compliance". Hmmmm.... did I mention that the panel had no right to counsel in the first hearings because I didn't have counsel? Pesky rules. Did I mention that counsel for the Chancellor admitted this fact at the Procedural Review?

Exhibit 244 - Oct 15, 2015 - Hearing

Objection to Extension of the Timeline

The rules are clear. Both parties must agree. I did not agree. They did not care.

Exhibit 245 - Nov 3, 2015 - Hearing

Exhibits Submitted by the Chancellor

This is the packet of exhibits provided by the Chancellor.

Exhibit 246 - Nov 11, 2015 - Hearing

Objection to Alternates

They just can't seem to get anything right.

Exhibit 247 - Nov 12, 2015 - Hearing

Objection to Alternates

They say they're complying without citing rules, I say they're not complying and cite the rules that demonstrate that. Again, how does one fight fool stubbornness?

Exhibit 248 - Nov 13, 2015 - Hearing

Hearing in absentia

I did not attend the meeting because it was held well after the time limits for doing so, and I did not agree to another date.

Exhibit 249 - Dec 10, 2015 - Hearing

Report of the Hearing Panel

Original report.

Exhibit 250 - Dec 10, 2015 - Hearing

Attachments to the Report of the Hearing Panel

As advertised.

Exhibit 251 - Dec 11, 2015 - Hearing

Further Objections

It might be argued that I have no right to place objections on the record if I did not attend the hearing, but then again, they had no right to hold the hearing.

Exhibit 252 - Dec 14, 2015 - Hearing on Penalties

Objections to Timing

Once again confusion about the timing for the appeal of the penalties. These rules are not complicated. These people just make them look that way.

Exhibit 253 - Dec 21, 2015 - Hearing on Penalties

Objections to Timing

A correction to the record.

Exhibit 342 - Jan 4, 2016 - Final Disposition

Final Charge

The Faculty Personnel Rules in place at the time prohibited the Chancellor from making the penalties more severe than in the original charge, and yet item 2 has been changed from Telfer's original: "You will be prohibited from engaging in unmediated correspondence with the chair of your department or any of the members of the department beginning immediately and continuing through the academic year, 2016-2017. This includes any electronic communication including email and any social media and any telephonic communications." This charge is dated January 4, 2016, and so the penalty has been made more severe by making it three semesters and a summer rather than two semesters.

- Contents


As You Read
Things to consider...

The Long Summary
A 28-page document summarizing the events of the last several years

All My Communications
(Those attached to complaints)

Initial "Complaint"
Filed May 8, 2013

Second Complaint
Filed December 30, 2013

Third Complaints
Filed September 5 and 15, 2014

First Kangaroo Court
December 29, 2014 to June 12, 2015

Temporary Restraining Order
January 17, 2015

Fourth Complaint
Filed January 26, 2015

Second Kangaroo Court
October 2, 2015 to January 4, 2016

More to come in between...

Appeal to the Regents
Filed July 29, 2016

Sixth Complaint
Filed September 4, 2016

Seventh Complaint (Seeking Dismissal for Cause)
Filed February 21, 2017

Third Kangaroo Court (Seeking Dismissal for Cause)
February 21, 2017 to present

Dismissal Hearing Video
September 8, 2017

Hearing Aftermath
After September 8, 2017

Proceedings with the Regents
October 27, 2017 to present

Positions Taken by the UWW
From the beginning to the present

Exhibits relevant to the Hearings