The University of Wisconsin has come under fire after the recent disclosure that it holds $648 million in reserves lawmakers had not previously known about, prompting calls for sanctions that range from an expanded audit to cuts in state aid and demands to freeze tuition.

The heads of the legislature's Joint Audit Committee called for a more detailed look at the reserves in a planned state audit. Lawmakers learned of the size of the university system's reserve fund from documents submitted to two nonpartisan legislative review bureaus as part of an annual review of the system's financials.

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