University of Rochester president resigns after controversial handling of sexual harassment complaint
14 January 2018, 09:41 | Erica Roy
The president of the University of Rochester is resigning. (University of Rochester via The New York Times) - NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NY UNIV PRESIDENT BY VIVIAN WANG FOR JAN. 11, 2018.
Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White concluded that university officials generally acted appropriately, although she stressed that "a number of bold steps" need to be taken by the administration.
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.
"The University's investigations relating to Jaeger in 2016 were conducted in good faith, impartially, professionally and in accordance with UR Policy 106", the report states.
In his first interview since announcing his resignation, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman covered a wide range of topics with WXXI News.
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.
"We have systematically promoted the complainants, we have supported them in receiving awards, we have given them pay increases".
She listed several recommendations, including prohibiting intimate relationships between faculty and students in the same department.
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.
"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", the board said in a statement to The News. "Ever better is what the University of Rochester is all about". The report brought no closure or justice, she said. "Your investigation is structurally unable to get evidence from the main actors in the stories you are trying to reconstruct", the complainants' lawyer, Ann Olivarius, wrote to White in November. Seligman's departure is only further "confirmation that our actions were justified", he said.
Aslin said that the independent investigation, which cost Rochester $4.5 million, is little more than an attempt to "minimize the legal damage, which we will vigorously contest in federal court next month". "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".
The report says that "There is widespread confusion among members of the University community about the University's reporting and investigative processes with respect to sexual harassment".
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