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

Research professor Florian Jaeger made national headlines last year after allegations arose that he had harassed and engaged in sexual relationships with his students

It also suggested a stricter policy prohibiting intimate relationships between faculty and students in the same department, saying it was troubled by Jaeger's relationships with multiple students in the brain and cognitive sciences department.

"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?"

Nevertheless, he said, the divisiveness created by a semester-long independent investigation of the University's handling of allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation involving a faculty member has made him recognize the need for a new leader for Rochester. 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.

The news came following the release of the independent investigation report into the University's response to allegations of sexual harassment by a professor at the University.

Just hours after White published her findings, the university's board of trustees announced that president Joel Seligman will resign on February 28.

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

A University of Rochester professor's sexual relationships with students and other boundary-blurring behavior were unprofessional and offensive, but did not violate the school's policy or the law, according to a report Thursday that supported the university's decision to clear him of wrongdoing.

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"I think Professor Jaeger paid attention to what those policies allow and did not allow", White said at a press conference on Thursday, where she emphasized that legally, she did not believe his actions met the definition of sexual harassment.

Eight faculty members and a graduate student past year 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.

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.

Attorney Ann Olivarius, who represents the complainants, calls the report incomplete and inaccurate.

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. Yet, she said, her firm's conclusions are legal, not "moral" ones.

"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", they said.



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