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The University of Rochester Faculty Senate has passed two resolutions regarding professor Florian Jaeger and allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Members of the Senate censured Jaeger's behavior, saying that it resulted in "significant harm to students, the affected department and the broader University community." And that they "pledge to take a leadership role in ensure that the recommendations of the White report are implemented."

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The leader of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester will be in Washington on Tuesday meeting with Congressional leaders and others in an effort to make sure that lab is still funded in the next fiscal year.

In a statement on the lab’s website, Director Michael Campbell says that a paragraph buried in the federal budget details on the Department of Energy website states that the agency plans to “ramp down” federal support for the U of R lab over a three-year period.

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University of Rochester President Joel Seligman delivered his farewell address at the Memorial Art Gallery late Tuesday afternoon.

Raul Ramirez describes himself as a DREAMer The University of Rochester student is pursuing a BA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. He has dreams of eventually practicing family medicine for the LGBTQ community. But Ramirez has a more immediate dream - for Congress to pass legislation that allows undocumented young people, just like him, and their families, to stay in the United States without fear of deportation. Ramirez, founder of the group UR DREAMers, joins this edition of Need to Know to share his story.

The legal back and forth continues in connection with the federal lawsuit brought by researchers at the University of Rochester over the way their claims of sexual harassment were handled.

UR this week filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several university faculty members and grad students.  The 41-page document takes issue with a number of the arguments made by the staffers who filed the suit, including disputing the claim that those who brought the lawsuit were retaliated against.

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The University of Rochester researchers who are embroiled in a legal battle with the university over allegations of sexual harassment have filed a lengthy rebuttal to a report issued last month as part of an independent investigation.

The Faculty Senate at the University of Rochester reportedly has tabled a motion of censure against Professor Florian Jaeger, following a meeting that began late Tuesday afternoon. The action follows allegations that he sexually harassed several current and former faculty members and grad students.

The motion came after an independent investigation commissioned by UR basically found that Jaeger did not violate university policies, although it criticized some of his earlier behavior as being inappropriate.

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Classes have only been in session for two days at the University of Rochester. But already students are protesting the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations against professor Florian Jaeger and the University.

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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.

The series is called, "When the Process Fails” and looks at stories of sexual assault allegations at UR other than the Jaeger case.

On Thursday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Mary Jo White announced the results of the independent investigation into how the University of Rochester handled sexual harassment allegations against professor Florian Jaeger. The complaints were made by Jaeger's former students and colleagues, including Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon. The report concluded that while Jaeger acted inappropriately and used poor judgment, he did not break the law or violate campus policy. 

Those who filed the complaint have expressed confusion, anger, and frustration with those findings. We hear from them this hour. Our guests:

  • Celeste Kidd, assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Jessica Cantlon, associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Steve Piantadosi, assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Brad Mahon, associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Elissa Newport, former chair of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and current faculty member at Georgetown University
  • Ann Olivarius, lead counsel in the complainants' lawsuit against the University of Rochester
  • Richard Aslin, former professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester who currently works at Haskins Laboratory at Yale University

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