U of R sexual misconduct report to be released

January 11, 2018 07:16 AM

University of Rochester officials are set to hear the results of a special committee's investigation into the university's handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a professor.

The Board of Trustees appointed the committee in September to look into allegations made in complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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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.

Jaeger is accused of harassing students and using his position within the school to force them into sexual relationships. The university investigated Jaeger twice and could not prove any accusations against him. 

Jaeger has declined to comment. He was placed on administrative leave in September.

Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who led the investigation, will release the findings to the public at 12:45  p.m. Thursday. A press conference is set for 1 p.m.

Whistleblowers from the school among the "silence breakers," people who spoke up about sexual harassment, were named Time Magazine's 2017 Person of the Year.


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