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Of Rochester's sexual misconduct probe, but president to resign

University Of Rochester President Resigns After Sexual Harassment Accusations “Inappropriate, Unprofessional and Offensive”—But Not Breaking Any of University of Rochester's Rules
Kenny Thornton | 14 January, 2018, 09:44

Jaeger said he had no experience leading a lab when he arrived at the private university's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department and sought to create an environment in which students would build "close connections with their fellow students and me". The investigator has stated that the accusations against Jaeger are wildly "exaggerated and misleading in many respects" as well as coming to the conclusion that the president did not sexually harass university students and that the accusations are false and misleading.

"It is clear to me that the best interests of the University are best served with new leadership, and a fresh perspective to focus on healing our campus and moving us forward in a spirit of cooperation and unity", Seligman said.

"This was potentially eroding confidence, not just in me, but in the University of Rochester and because of this, as I reflected upon it, I became convinced that it was essential".

University of Rochester officials could have done better but ultimately followed appropriate procedure after one of its professors faced a string of sexual harassment allegations from staffers and students, according to an extensive investigative report published Thursday.

After the report was released, University of Rochester president Joel Seligman announced that he had made a decision to resign.

Florian Jaeger, a research professor at the upstate NY university's cognitive sciences department, made national headlines last year after allegations arose that he had for years harassed and engaged in sexual relationships with his students.

"The University's investigations relating to Jaeger in 2016 were conducted in good faith, impartially, professionally and in accordance with UR Policy 106", the report states. Jessica Cantlon, a professor at the university said that they attacked her privacy and reputation and that even their colleagues refused to work with them anymore. After a University investigation and an appeal of that investigation found that Jaeger had not violated applicable University policies, the group filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on August 30, 2017.

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The complainants said they took their action in support of students and were not to blame for the damage.

Investigators found Rochester made other, serious mistakes in the case that likely deepened on-campus rifts - including monitoring and sharing some department members' emails about the case with their chair without their knowledge, ostensibly to help him understand their concerns about Jaeger.

The complainants, at a news conference, called the report incomplete and said their legal fight would continue.

But the behavior did not violate university policy, which has since changed, nor was there forced sex, groping or "quid pro quo" sexual harassment, the committee concluded.

"Set the bar, and set it high", she said.

"As we as a community begin to consider this report, we trustees express our heartfelt apology to anyone who was hurt by the actions of any university employee, or who felt intimidated, excluded or harassed", a statement said.

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