U of R professor facing possible censure from school's Faculty Senate

January 23, 2018 06:31 AM

The University of Rochester professor at the center of a sexual harassment investigation will find out what his fellow teachers think about him Tuesday afternoon.

The Faculty Senate is scheduled to meet to cast a key vote to decide if they want to censure Dr. Florian Jaeger.

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The meeting comes just two weeks since Jaeger was essentially cleared of any wrongdoing following allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

A 200-page report by an independent investigator found that while his actions may have been inappropriate, Jaeger did not sexually harass students or faculty according to university policy at the time. 

The report also recommended the school make changes such as having a clear policy about relationships between students and faculty and quick consequences for any wrong behavior.

The motion before the Faculty Senate states Jaeger's actions were harmful to the school and condemns what he did in the strongest terms. It also suggests he violated a moral conduct clause which could be grounds for pulling tenure or even firing an employee.

Since the report findings were released, the school and Jaeger have not said anything publically about whether he will in fact keep his job.

Jaeger did release a statement apologizing to students and staff for any problems this may have caused. He also said while the report does not exonerate him, it does not give merit to many of the worst accusations.


Brennan Somers

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