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Interim president at University of Rochester has immediate task

Interim president at University of Rochester has immediate task

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

The university's handling of complaints against Jaeger has sparked protests, calls for President Joel Seligman's resignation, an alumni petition demanding a written apology and a letter signed by 400 faculty members at other schools saying they would steer their students away from the University of Rochester.

A special committee has found that the University of Rochester properly dealt with sexual misconduct allegations against a professor and did not retaliate against faculty who brought the complaints.

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.

Eight former professors and a former graduate student in the university's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences filed lawsuits in 2017 after citing that "poor investigative work" was performed during the investigation. She is not satisfied. "It is not acceptable to say people have behaved offensively and inappropriately to our students, but nobody did anything wrong".

"The department is dead", founding department member Elissa Newport, now a professor of neurology at Georgetown University and a complainant in federal cases against Rochester, said during a news conference Thursday. 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.

University Of Rochester President Resigns After Sexual Harassment Accusations

Eight faculty members and a graduate student previous 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.

Wegman cited a list of Seligman's leadership accomplishments, including the completion of the University largest capital campaign, the establishment of 112 new endowed professorships, a 40 percent increase in student enrollment, an increase in student achievement scores, diversity, and worldwide enrollment, the construction of almost 30 major new facilities, and others.

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.

"We can not in good conscience encourage our students to pursue educational or employment opportunities at the University of Rochester", the November letter stated.

In a statement, Rochester's trustees praised Seligman and said he notified them of his resignation before they - or anyone else - had received the independent investigators' report.

The report agreed with the University's initial determination that Jaeger had not violated any policy. "We don't think there's a claim there under those laws", she said.

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