The school announced Wednesday that campus police are investigating “multiple” possible crimes after private photos and videos of student athletes at the University of Wisconsin were shared online without their consent.
The university’s athletics department said on Twitter that the athletes targeted were members of the women’s volleyball team. Statement about the incident.
The school confirmed that university police had launched an investigation into the photographs and videos after receiving reports from volleyball players, but did not provide details about the nature of the images or recordings.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which said it found a photo of a volleyball team allegedly walking around without permission, one of the images showed some players posing topless after winning a game. According to the newspaper report, it appears that the picture was taken after the team won the Big Ten title last November.
“We are aware that private photos and videos of UW Volleyball student-athletes that were not intended to be shared publicly are being transmitted digitally,” the Athletics Department said on Wednesday. student-athletes’ privacy, including potential violations of university policies and criminal laws.”
The athletics department said university police are now investigating “multiple crimes” in response to reports of athletes “sharing sensitive photos without consent”.
“The UWPD is not investigating volleyball student-athletes for wrongdoing in this case,” the statement continued. “Our top priority is to support our student-athletes and we are providing them with the appropriate services and resources.”