University of Rochester President Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Report
Jan 14 2018 by Desiree Burns
In a joint complaint, at least four Rochester students alleged that the university didn't do enough to protect them from Jaeger, noting that the professor was promoted in the midst of an investigation into his behavior.
"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?"
The probe - led by Mary Jo White, a former US Attorney for southern NY - supports two earlier university inquiries that both found that Jaeger had not violated any university policies. "In our view, the University and all involved here now have a unique opportunity to make such amends as can be made, heal and work hard".
"It has been the greatest honor of my life to have served the University of Rochester for the last twelve and a half years", Seligman said in a message to the University community.
Seligman also talked about the report released this week through an independent investigation, which he feels was largely on the mark, and he lamented what he says was a rush to judgement on allegations rather than evidence.
The university, some of its administrators, and the accused professor, T. Florian Jaeger, were the subjects of Equal Opportunity Employment Commission complaints last summer.
But she said the University should "promptly take a number of bold steps" to begin healing a sense of distrust created by the allegations.
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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. "Some former female graduate students have had to endure behaviours and inappropriate remarks they should not have had to endure", White said.
Lattimore Hall at the River Campus of the University of Rochester.
. "We don't think there's a claim there under those laws", she said.
Debevoise and Plimpton, the independent firm, investigated Jaeger and Rochester's actions as part of a special inquiry into the case that's made headlines, at the request of the university's Board of Trustees.
She listed several recommendations, including prohibiting intimate relationships between faculty and students in the same department.
The report agreed with the University's initial determination that Jaeger had not violated any policy.
Richard N. Aslin, a fellow complainant and former professor in the department who now works at Haskins Laboratories, said that the report criticizes him and his colleagues for taking things "into our own hands" while simultaneously admitting that Rochester's internal investigation was incomplete.
The days ahead will involve careful review of the facts and findings and "serious decisions", they said, "guided by our commitment to ensuring that Rochester is a place of unity where all of our students, faculty, employees and visitors feel safe, respected, secure and empowered to achieve their highest potential".