University of Rochester professor at center of sexual misconduct complaint apologizes


WIKIMEDIA, TOMWSULCEROn the heels of an investigation into sexual harassment complaints against a University of Rochester professor, the college's president, Joel Seligman, has elected to leave his post.

"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.

"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?"

Of all White's recommendations for moving forward, Pollak said several stood out: having sexual harassment claims handled by an office and investigator apart from university counsel and providing claimants and the accused different advisers.

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".

Numerous accusers have challenged Mary's conclusion that the university did not harass or undermine any of the accusing students.

"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.

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The University of Rochester professor at the center of a sexual misconduct complaint that divided a prominent department and led the university president to resign apologized Friday to his students and colleagues for the distress and disruption it has caused. "It is not acceptable to say that people have behaved offensively and inappropriately to our students, but nobody did anything wrong".

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

President and CEO Joel Seligman announced his resignation Thursday, effective February 28, bringing to a close one of the more transformative chapters in University leadership.

The university ordered the probe after a group of faculty members filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"It was a very hard, and at times, wrenching, undertaking", White, who was hired by the university to independently investigate the matter, wrote in her report. The professors argue that this is a fatal flaw. "We don't think there's a claim there under those laws", she said. "Ever better is what the University of Rochester is all about".

White recommended a strict ban on sexual relationships between faculty and students, and urged the administration to facilitate extensive staff training on how to spot and prevent sexual harassment.

Attorney Ann Olivarius, who represents the complainants, calls the report incomplete and inaccurate. 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. Because of the pending legal case, they declined to participate in interviews with White's investigators. It said there was no retaliation by the university against the accusers.