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

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

Nevertheless, university President Joel Seligman announced he will resign next month so that a new leader can focus on healing the campus. Joel Seligman, the president of the university, stepped down January 11, 2018, just hours before an outside investigation cleared him and his administration Ð including JaegerÐ of charges that they had covered up sexual harassment by a prominent professor and punished those who spoke out against him.

"What mattered was always, how do you restore the self-confidence and pride that all 2,780 professors here, all 11,000 or so students here, all 100, 000 alumni, deserve?"

White's 213-page final report, now available online, largely vindicates the university's initial 2016 investigation, concluding that it had acted in "good faith, impartially, professionally", and in accordance with its own policies.

Numerous accusers have challenged Mary's conclusion that the university did not harass or undermine any of the accusing students. While the lead investigator, Mary Jo White, a partner at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, found that the university never retaliated against whistleblowers and that Jaeger never touched anyone without consent, she tells Science she was looking only from a legal perspective, "not a moral or social judgment".

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.

University Of Rochester President Resigns After Sexual Harassment Accusations

As the investigation continues, more and more are challenging most of the results which surface as the investigation continues after reports of Jaeger sending nude pictures to students as well as crossing a line with his sexual banter and "predatory" methods according to Celeste Kidd who is an assistant professor and accuser. "It is not acceptable to say that people have behaved offensively and inappropriately to our students, but nobody did anything wrong". It says that he's received enthusiastic support from many of his students, especially in recent years. Or at least that's the conclusion of a report released on Thursday by a team of investigators led by Mary Jo White, the former USA attorney and SEC commissioner who was hired by a UR committee in September to investigate the allegations and the university's handling of them.

Science reports that Seligman chose to resign before he learned the conclusion of the report.

Eight faculty members and a graduate student a year ago filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the university mishandled complaints against Jaeger and retaliated against them for bringing the professor's behavior to light. The professors argue that this is a fatal flaw.

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

She listed several recommendations, including prohibiting intimate relationships between faculty and students in the same department. He also prompted campus protests for initially comparing the allegations against Jaeger to those of rape made against the University of Virginia and one of its fraternities in a now-discredited Rolling Stone article.


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