UR Harrasment Investigation


The University of Rochester is solidifying its commitment to Mary Jo White, the attorney chosen to conduct the independent investigation into an EEOC complaint against UR professor Florian Jaeger.

The University of Rochester Special Committee set up to respond to allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation is announcing some changes which it says will “confirm the rigor, fairness and transparency” of the investigative process.

The committee was set up recently after a complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by current and former faculty members against Professor Florian Jaeger. The university has already announced that Jaeger, who had been initially cleared in an earlier investigation, is now on administrative leave.

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A new group on the University of Rochester campus wants to pick up where recent protests have left off.

The Meliora Movement says it wants to pressure the university to take preventative rather than retroactive measures to ensure that all voices at the school are represented.

Laura Cowie-Haskell is part of the movement and said after following the events surrounding Florian Jaeger and the way the school handled alleged sexual harassment accusations, it was time to speak up.

A response has been issued by current and former faculty at the University of Rochester, after the university this week outlined steps for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But the people making the complaint are not happy with what has been proposed.

Lindsay Wrobel

Shortly before the University of Rochester announced Tuesday it would be putting Florian Jaeger on administrative leave, the professor contacted the woman who had been hunger striking against him.

Lindsey Wrobel posted a screenshot of an email to a Facebook group that has become a gathering place for protestors and those supporting her strike.

Wrobel had stopped eating last Thursday at midnight, in response to how the university had been handling allegations of sexual harassment filed against Jaeger. Later on Tuesday, Wrobel  ended her hunger strike.

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There are new developments in the ongoing controversy involving the handling of sexual harassment accusations against a professor at the University of Rochester.

The University's Board of Trustees says it has appointed a special committee to oversee an independent, comprehensive investigation into all matters involving the sexual harassment complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the University.

Lindsay Wrobel

It’s been almost five days since University of Rochester student Lindsay Wrobel has had anything to eat.

Wrobel is on a hunger strike in protest of the UR administration's response to allegations of sexual harassment involving tenured UR professor Florian Jaeger.

A number of current and former students and faculty filed an EEOC complaint about Jaeger’s alleged inappropriate behavior.

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The lawn outside the Rush Rhees library on the University of Rochester campus was filled with allies, staff and frustrated students Wednesday afternoon, unhappy with the administration’s handling of sexual harassment allegations.

The protest was in response to the university's reaction to an EEOC complaint filed about Florian Jaeger, a tenured professor in the Brain and Cognitive Science Department at UR. Eight current and former students and staff detailed claims of sexual harassment in the over 100-page document, but the university cleared Jaeger of any wrongdoing.


There is controversy at the University of Rochester over a complaint filed alleging sexual harassment in the workplace.

The 111-page document was filed by two former professors with the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, who say they are representing five of their junior colleagues and many students negatively affected by the events described in a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.