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

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In an sent email to University of Rochester students, faculty and staff, he wrote that "the best interests of the University are best served with new leadership, and a fresh perspective to focus on healing our campus and moving us forward in a spirit of cooperation and unity".

"In hindsight, there were aspects of the initial university investigation that could have been done differently and better", former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said in releasing the report after a 3 ½-month investigation.

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 global enrollment, the construction of almost 30 major new facilities, and others.

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".

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

That announcement came hours after an independent investigation determined Florian Jaeger, a professor in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, didn't violate university policy in place at the time of his actions.

A longtime professor at the University of Rochester is now interim president, and tasked with immediately helping the institution respond to a report about sexual harassment allegations and the university's subsequent response. "It is not acceptable to say that people have behaved offensively and inappropriately to our students, but nobody did anything wrong".

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"We have systematically promoted the complainants, we have supported them in receiving awards, we have given them pay increases".

The university, some of its administrators, and the accused professor, T. Florian Jaeger, were the subjects of Equal Opportunity Employment Commission complaints last summer.

She listed several recommendations, including prohibiting intimate relationships between faculty and students in the same department.

Joel Seligman, the president of the university, stepped down January.

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

White's report, while criticizing some of the decisions made in the aftermath of the 2016 investigation, also found that the university did not retaliate. She said she changed her course of research because of it. Aslin and his fellow complainants did not participate in White's investigation due to the pending legal case.

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.

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