The decision to expel former University of Wisconsin student Alec Cook is now final despite two attempts at appealing the ruling.
Cook was initially expelled from the university in March, but then appealed the decision to Chancellor Rebecca Blank. After the chancellor denied the initial appeal, Cook appealed the decision to the UW System’s Board of Regents.
The board denied his appeal as well.
In an email to The Badger Herald, UW spokesperson Meredith McGlone said the non-academic misconduct hearing against Cook was complete, and the university’s final decision was still expulsion.
Cook, initially arrested in October, currently faces 21 counts of criminal charges in relation to 10 women. His charges are as follows:
- Seven counts of second-degree sexual assault
- Three counts of third-degree sexual assault
- Two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault
- Two counts of strangulation and suffocation
- Two counts of false imprisonment
- Two counts of stalking
- Three counts of disorderly conduct
After an 11th victim stepped forward in March, UW Police Department indicated they would be referring two additional charges of false imprisonment and disorderly conduct to the District Attorney’s Office. The charges have yet to be filed.
Cook’s next court date is set for June 15.