The termination of UW-Milwaukee Professor Betsy Schoeller

The termination of UW-Milwaukee Professor Betsy Schoeller

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In recent events, there was a young Mexican-American soldier by the name of Vanessa Guillen who went missing from Fort Hood base on April 22, 2020. The Army refused to do an investigation but did in fact clear out her bunker after she went missing. We watched on social media as her mother and family members begged and pleaded for help to find their daughter.

Prior to Vanessa's "disappearance" she told her family that she was being sexually harassed by one of her sergeants at Fort Hood. Vanessa planned to file a sexual harassment complaint against SPC. Aaron David Robinson, then she suddenly went missing.  

After two months of search groups going out to look for Vanessa, a civilian found her body in a shallow grave about 30 miles east from Fort Hood. She was chopped up and sealed in what was still wet concrete after her own fellow soldiers violated and murdered her. It has now come to light that she was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory room where she worked. 

We the people are outraged by the events that have transpired, and the negligence of the army base Fort Hood. People have continuously been speaking up on the issue of women being raped, and sexually abused and harassed while serving in the military. As people are sharing articles and speaking up, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had something to say about this incident. 

Professor Betsy Schoeller commented on a link to an article that shared the events of what happened to Vanessa saying, "You guys are kidding, right? Sexual harassment is the price of admission for women into the good ole boy club. If you're gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you're gonna pay the price." Professor Schoeller is retired COL of the U.S Air Force. I speak on behalf of my fellow UWM students, staff, and community partners when I say that we want to see Professor Schoeller terminated from UW-Milwaukee staff. As a woman, and a student at UWM I feel unsafe knowing that we have professors who think the sexual assault of women serving in the military is justified. UW-Milwaukee claims to care about the safety of their students, therefore we demand and are holding UWM accountable to take action against Professor Betsy Schoeller.  

Edit: Copied & Pasted from a fellow UWM student.
Sexual Assault is not a joke. Rape is not a consequence. There is not a “price of admission” for a woman to join the military. Vanessa Guillen was raped and murdered by a junior soldier on base. UWM instructor and retired Air Force Colonel Betsy Schoeller has publicly stated she deserved to be assaulted. She still has her job. I am asking the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to address her and this behavior from an EDUCATOR. Below is a list of faculty at UWM that can be contacted about this matter. My fellow students, SPEAK UP. This is NOT ok. Contact your Deans and other instructors. Taxpayers, remember she works for the state and is paid by your tax dollars. And while you’re at it, look more into Vanessa’s case and ask yourself WHY it took so long for the Army to look for and find her.


Betsy Schoeller: UWM lecturer for Information Technology and Library Sciences who claims that sexual assault and murder are the “price of admission” into the military. She herself is a Retired Colonel
Email: bas@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2944
Joseph Dunlap: IT Program director; Office of Information Technology and Analysis
Email: jsdunlap@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-3160
Mark Mone: UWM Chancellor; relations to Campus Leadership.
Email: mone@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4331
Johannes Britz: Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs; relations to campus leadership.; POC for Academic Affairs
Email: britz@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4501
Christine Adams Matt: Sr Admin Specialist; relations to Office of the Chancellor
Email: adamsmat@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4331
Kelly Haag: Senior Student Affairs Officer; relations to Office of the Chancellor; POC for Student Affairs
Email: kajohnso@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4038
Tom Luljak: Vice-Chancellor, POC for University Relations and Communications
Email: tluljak@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-5024

Vanessa just wanted to fight for a country that is now refusing to fight for her. We must use our voices to demand that justice be served in honor of SPC Vanessa Guillen.