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Timeline of U of R sexual harassment case

Timeline of U of R sexual harassment case

January 11, 2018 11:58 AM

The results of a special committee's investigation into the University of Rochester's handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a professor will be made public Thursday afternoon.

The committee looked into allegations made in complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaints, and a federal lawsuit, were filed by a group of nine former students and faculty members who say the university mishandled allegations against Professor Florian Jaeger, who was cleared of wrongdoing by the university, and then retaliated against those who reported the behavior.

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Below is a timeline of the case:

  • March 2016 – Original complaint filed with University, investigation begins
  • June 2016 – Investigation finds no evidence to substantiate that university policies had been violated. Report reviewed by the Dean of Engineering (as protocol, Dean in another school reviews) and upheld
  • July 2016 – Appeal filed
  • July 2016 – Case reviewed by the Dean of the School of Medicine and upheld
  • Late July 2016 –Second and new complaint filed by a witness in the first investigation. University brings in an outside investigator
  • Late September 2016 – Outside investigator says there is not enough evidence to substantiate complaint
  • Early October 2016 – Findings reviewed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and decision upheld 
  • October 2016 – Complainant files an appeal 
  • Late October 2016 – Case reviewed by the provost and upheld

In a letter to the school community in September 2017 after the EEOC complaint was filed, President Joel Seligman said the allegations made by the women in the EEOC complaint were “investigated, appealed and found to be unsubstantiated” and are now “repeated and embellished in the EEOC complaint.”

Seligman went on to say that the assertions remain unproven.  

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