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INVESTIGATION? INVESTIGATION? The University of Rochester’s “Special Committee” investigating the EEOC complaint solicited input from students, staff and faculty, but when I tried to share my experiences via email I was placed on administrative leave 11/17/2017 for contacting Mary Jo White and committee members. My experience (detailed in my EEOC Charge) collaborates some aspects of the Kidd/Aslin EEOC complaint, which includes treating complaints as “gossip” as well as a flawed investigation process that ignores email evidence, lacks transparency, and allows retaliation. After several more attempts to contact the “Special Committee”, Ms. White and the Board of Trustees, I still have not gotten any response. Zero. So much for a comprehensive investigation. Bad decisions are toasting the UofR's reputation...We expect better.   SIGN CHANGE.ORG PETITION!

Professor at center of UR

sexual conduct

investigation responds to

report

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE (JAN 12, 2018) - A day after a much-anticipated independent investigation cleared him of technical wrongdoing, University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger thanked the university for its "commitment to seeking out the truth" and, while acknowledging some past misdeeds, criticized his colleagues turned accusers for breaching other people's privacy. <READ MORE>

Eastman grad says UR

prof sexually harassed

him, derailed career

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE (JAN 5, 2018) - Irrera's complaint, the subject of a lawsuit in federal court, adds context to the more recent criticism of the University of Rochester over the administration's approach to alleged sexual misconduct, in particular by high-profile faculty members. <READ MORE>

Sexual Harassment

Charges Roil Elite

University Department

NEW YORK TIMES - With its frosted glass windows, gleaming hardwood floors and modern teal chairs, the office of the University of Rochester’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences seems designed to project prestige. The sleek appearance fits the department’s reputation as one of this private university’s crown jewels, with a graduate program ranked as high as fourth in the nation by the National Research Council. <READ MORE>

An Example of the System

Gone Awry

SLATE - Current and former employees of the University of Rochester are charging the university with denying female students a safe learning environment by dismissing repeated sexual harassment allegations against a longtime professor, then retaliating against employees who objected.  <READ MORE>

She Was a Rising Star at a

Major University. Then a

Lecherous Professor

Made Her Life Hell.

MOTHER JONES - That spring was the start of Kidd’s decadelong effort—as a doctoral student and, later, as a junior faculty member—first to appease Jaeger, then to isolate herself from his influence, and finally to hold him responsible for years of sexual harassment in UR’s cognitive and brain sciences department, according an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint filed last week.  <READ MORE>

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NEW - Punishing Women

for Speaking Out

Inside Higher Ed (FEB 21, 2018) - In many of the incidents that are now coming to light, sexual harassment wasn’t a secret. University of Rochester professor T. Florian Jaeger was well known for his inappropriate behavior toward female graduate students.   <READ MORE>

New report: U of R paid

$4.5 million for "flawed"

sexual assault

investigation

WHAM 13 (FEB 5, 2018) - A new report questions the independence of the University of Rochester's independent investigation into sexual harassment claims. The law firm behind the investigation was paid $4.5 million by the university and a report released at noon Monday suggests that payment created a conflict of interest that tainted the results.  <READ MORE>

UR gender commission

says recommendations

from harassment

investigation fall short

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE  (FEB 1, 2018) - "Based on this review, it is very clear to us that issues of sexual harassment and discrimination as well as dissatisfaction with the University’s response to these concerns are not isolated to one department."   <READ MORE>

Letter: White report

moves UR, and women,

backward

Campus Times (JAN 23 2018) - Several witnesses have told us that their testimony, beliefs, and evidence were misrepresented. We also have heard previously from people whose testimony we now can see was suppressed — including most notably many individuals who came to White to talk about the culture of retaliation at UR, both relevant to their own cases and relevant to ours.  <READ MORE>

Holding the U of R

accountable, students

hold protest on campus

WHAM 13 (JAN 19, 2018) - It was the first Friday of the spring semester at the University of Rochester, and dozens of students gathered to protest on campus. “Times up, change now! Times up, change now!” chanted students as prospective students walked by.  <READ MORE>

UR campus newspaper

explores stories of

students claiming sexual

harassment cases were

mishandled

WXXI (JAN 17, 2018) - The University of Rochester campus newspaper, the Campus Times, is exploring more stories of students claiming their sexual harassment cases were mishandled by the administration.  <READ MORE>

No Closure at Rochester

Inside Higher Ed (JAN 12, 2018) - If the University of Rochester was seeking healing from an independent investigation into a harassment case that’s cleaved its previously esteemed brain and cognitive sciences department, the institution won’t get it. <READ MORE>

“Inappropriate,

Unprofessional and

Offensive” - But Not

Breaking Any of

University of Rochester’s

Rules

MOTHER JONES (JAN 11, 2018) - A University of Rochester professor had multiple sexual relationships with former, current, or prospective students and engaged in “inappropriate, unprofessional and offensive” behavior with colleagues and graduate students over a six-year period ending in 2013—but none of it violated the university’s policies. <READ MORE>

UR faculty leaders

complain about pace of

change in policies about

sexual harassment

WXXI - An open letter from faculty leaders at the University of Rochester is critical of how the university is handling policies dealing with sexual harassment. The critique comes from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and it was published this week in the campus newspaper, the  Campus Times. <READ MORE>

The Silence Breakers

TIME MAGAZINE - Dr. Celeste Kidd and Dr. Jessica Cantlon, both professors in the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, were listed among 'The Silence Breakers' as Time's Person of the Year', an award acknowledging the women and men who have spoken out about sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. <READ MORE>

Last Updated: FEB 21, 2018

NEW - In interview, Burke

talks UR’s sexual

misconduct situation

Campus Times (FEB 12, 2018) - Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo. movement and a Time magazine “Person of the Year,” sat down for an interview with the Campus Times before her speech last Monday.  <READ MORE> UR complainants issue response to 'rickety' Mary Jo White report DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE  (FEB 5, 2018) - Celeste Kidd, Jessica Cantlon and the other complainants immediately dismissed White's findings as "fundamentally incoherent if not fraudulent." Their 44-page rebuttal, issued Monday by their lawyer Ann Olivarius, elaborates on those claims, likely previewing the plaintiffs' arguments when they eventually appear in federal court.   <READ MORE>  <REBUTTEL>

White investigators broke

confidentiality

agreements with

witnesses

Campus Times (JAN 21, 2018) - “I think this reflects poorly on the sensitivity with which this investigation approached victims and is consistent with other comments I’ve heard from witnesses who told Debevoise not to release specific identifying details only to find those details in the report.”  The breach has brought out new concerns with this investigation… <READ MORE>

Florian Jaeger faces

possible censure from UR

Faculty Senate

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE (JAN 19, 2018) - The motion for censure, to be voted on Tuesday by the faculty governing body, holds that Jaeger's behavior was "harmful to the educational environment of his department and of our university," and suggests it could violate the moral conduct clause of the Faculty handbook, which could be grounds for revocation of tenure. <READ MORE>

Florian Jaeger accusers:

'We have audio

recordings'

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE (JAN 11, 2018) - "The report describes Florian Jaeger as the predator I know him to be," Kidd said. "Despite all this, Mary Jo White took the age-old approach of trying to shame me into silence and obscurity. ... It's a classic and transparent intimidation tactic, and I want to say tonight that it will not work." <READ MORE>

U. of Rochester president

resigns in wake of sexual

misconduct report

USA TODAY (JAN 11, 2018) - University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced his resignation Thursday, just hours after the release of a report on sexual misconduct on campus. <READ MORE>

400 professors boycott

University of Rochester,

urging students not to

attend

WASHINGTON POST - Hundreds of professors are urging their students not to apply to the University of Rochester, a private research university in western New York. The boycott comes after allegations that Florian Jaeger, a professor in the brain and cognitive science department, preyed on female students. Eight current and former Rochester researchers filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the university in September for what they viewed as the administration's failure to adequately protect its students. <READ MORE>

9 Researchers Sue

University of Rochester

over Sexual-Harassment

Allegations

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - Nine researchers filed a federal lawsuit on 8 December against the University of Rochester in New York, its president Joel Seligman and its provost Robert Clark over their handling of alleged sexual harassment by a professor there. <READ MORE>

What 'Stranger Things'

And 'SNL' Can Teach Us

About Sexual Harassment

FORBES - …That reluctance has been waning for me, in part because of my interview with Celeste Kidd. Kidd filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the University of Rochester after years of sexual harassment that went unaddressed. <READ MORE>
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THE INVESTIGATION? THE INVESTIGATION? The University of Rochester’s “Special Committee” investigating the EEOC complaint solicited input from students, staff and faculty, but when I tried to share my experiences via email I was placed on administrative leave 11/17/2017 for contacting Mary Jo White and committee members. My experience (detailed in my EEOC Charge) collaborates some aspects of the Kidd/Aslin EEOC complaint, which includes treating complaints as “gossip” as well as a flawed investigation process that ignores email evidence, lacks transparency, and allows retaliation. After several more attempts to contact the “Special Committee”, Ms. White and the Board of Trustees, I still have not gotten any response. Zero. So much for a comprehensive investigation. Enjoy our coming "Really, Joel, Really?" Rick & Seligman animations. Bad decisions are toasting the UofR's reputation...We expect better...Stay tuned for the complete story coming soon!

NEW - UR faculty leaders

complain about pace of

change in policies about

sexual harassment

WXXI (DEC 15, 2107) - An open letter from faculty leaders at the University of Rochester is critical of how the university is handling policies dealing with sexual harassment. The critique comes from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and it was published this week in the campus newspaper, the Campus Times. <READ MORE>

An Example of the System

Gone Awry

SLATE (DEC 14, 2017) - Current and former employees of the University of Rochester are charging the university with denying female students a safe learning environment by dismissing repeated sexual harassment allegations against a longtime professor, then retaliating against employees who objected. <READ MORE>

The Silence Breakers

TIME MAGAZINE - Dr. Celeste Kidd and Dr. Jessica Cantlon, both professors in the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, were listed among 'The Silence Breakers' as Time's Person of the Year', an award acknowledging the women and men who have spoken out about sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. <READ MORE> <READ D&C STORY> 

Sexual Harassment Charges

Roil Elite University

Department

NEW YORK TIMES - With its frosted glass windows, gleaming hardwood floors and modern teal chairs, the office of the University of Rochester’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences seems designed to project prestige. The sleek appearance fits the department’s reputation as one of this private university’s crown jewels, with a graduate program ranked as high as fourth in the nation by the National Research Council. <READ MORE>

Mother Jones Story

MOTHER JONES (SEPT 8, 2017;Initial Story) - Celeste Kidd was elated when she learned, in 2007, that she had been invited to interview for a Ph.D. program at the University of Rochester in New York.  <READ MORE>

400 professors boycott

University of Rochester,

urging students not to attend

WASHINGTON POST - Hundreds of professors are urging their students not to apply to the University of Rochester, a private research university in western New York. The boycott comes after allegations that Florian Jaeger, a professor in the brain and cognitive science department, preyed on female students. Eight current and former Rochester researchers filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the university in September for what they viewed as the administration's failure to adequately protect its students. <READ MORE>

9 Researchers Sue University

of Rochester over Sexual-

Harassment Allegations

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - Nine researchers filed a federal lawsuit on 8 December against the University of Rochester in New York, its president Joel Seligman and its provost Robert Clark over their handling of alleged sexual harassment by a professor there. <READ MORE>

What 'Stranger Things' And

'SNL' Can Teach Us About

Sexual Harassment

FORBES - …That reluctance has been waning for me, in part because of my interview with Celeste Kidd. Kidd filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the University of Rochester after years of sexual harassment that went unaddressed. Rather than, “I don’t have the answers, so I don’t want to talk about it,” Kidd’s approach is, “No one has the answers, so we have to talk about it.” <READ MORE>

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