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UWSP professor wants personnel file kept secret

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor accused of assaulting a student this summer wants a judge to block the UW System from releasing any disciplinary records in her personnel file.

Dr. Meghan Buckley is suing the UW Board of Regents to block the records from being released. She has also filed a petition for a temporary restraining order barring the school system from releasing the records while her lawsuit is pending.

“It is believed the information is sought for the sole purpose to disparage Buckley's reputation serving no interest to the public,” Buckley claims in the lawsuit. She also claims the records are inaccurate and incomplete and part of an ongoing internal investigation.

Buckley's attorney, Tom Raisbeck, filed the lawsuit December 13th in Portage County circuit court, a week after an associate vice chancellor at the university said the school would release the records.

Raisbeck declined to comment for this story.

WSAU News has requested any copies of Buckley's disciplinary record to shed more light on claims that she punched student Wesley Shaw in the face three to five times during a school field trip in Lincoln County on July 12th. Shaw and the Stevens Point Journal have also asked for the records.

The district attorney in Lincoln County is reviewing whether to charge Buckley with battery and disorderly conduct. She had not been formally charged as of Wednesday.

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