Barrows Hearing Continues

A former top administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison got his chance Tuesday to defend himself against allegations that he sexually harassed women.

During day two of a public hearing, one woman described a series of incidents in which she says Paul Barrows' behavior was predatory, saying he repeatedly stared at her and followed her.

Another woman said Barrows asked her out for dinner several times and made her feel uncomfortable.

Tuesday, Barrows said he never did those things and if he made them feel uncomfortable, he wasn't aware of it.

Some of Barrows' former co–workers spoke on his behalf today.

"Obviously, I can only speak from my own limited position and knowledge,” said Steven Van Ess, the former Director of the Financial Aid Office. “I thought his reputation was that he was a solid, professional, hard working, dedicated administrator."

Barrows is fighting the university's decision to remove him from his $150,000 a year consultant job that he briefly held after a seven month personal leave.

The university later determined Barrows took the leave after a failed consensual relationship with a female graduate student.


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