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There has been a multi-million dollar settlement in the lawsuit brought by former faculty and students at the University of Rochester over the way complaints of sexual harassment had been handled by the university.

Under the settlement, the U of R will pay the plaintiffs a total of $9.4 million.

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The University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology have each reported their first two cases of COVID-19 in students and staff.

The University of Rochester said in a web post on Sunday that one staff member and one student had reported positive results of COVID-19 tests.

“Neither the employee nor the student remains on campus,” the university said.

On Monday, the Rochester Institute of Technology said two students had tested positive.

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The University of Rochester has announced that it is moving instruction for most of its students online for the rest of the academic year. That includes classes for undergraduate and graduate students in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering programs and for most UR schools.

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Add the Rochester Music Hall of Fame's April induction ceremony to events lost to the coronavirus outbreak.

The University of Rochester, which runs Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, is one of many schools and organizations throughout the country that are either canceling or postponing events.

"They came out on Monday and said any athletic event, any music event, any event happening on a UR facility that would draw a large crowd through April 15 either needs to be canceled or postponed," said Hall of Fame President Jack Whittier.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music have agreed to postpone all RPO concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre effective immediately through April 15.

A statement from the RPO notes that following Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a ‘state of emergency’ over the weekend, the University of Rochester issued plans to restrict campus events, including Eastman Theatre, in an attempt to limit the impact of the coronavirus.


The Rochester School Board has voted to extend the partnership with the University of Rochester for operating East High School. That’s been going on for five years and it will continue now for another five years. 

Superintendent of East High School, Shaun Nelms, is pleased that the graduation rate at East has risen from 33% to about 70%, but he says they will continue to work to improve that performance.

Nelms says he looks forward to what the next several years will bring not only for East, but for other schools in the district. 

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A Pittsford Sutherland High School student is getting national recognition for his nuclear fusion project.

Simon Narang, 17, was named a top 300 scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. 

The prestigious competition recognizes promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society's most urgent problems.

As an intern at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, Narang worked on software designed to help develop greater energy production in nuclear fusion.

We sit down with students from the University of Rochester who discuss recent controversies on campus related to China. The Hong Kong protests, the status of Taiwan and Tibet, democracy, and human rights were all at the subject of debates among different student groups. We explore the issues.

In studio:

  • Efua Agyare-Kumi, third-year student at the University of Rochester and contributing writer to CITY Newspaper
  • Sampson Hao, president of the Chinese Students’ Association at the University of Rochester
  • Selina Xu, president of the Hong Kong Students Association at the University of Rochester
  • Matthew Burns, dean of students at the University of Rochester

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Sleep deprivation is an epidemic among adolescents, according to pediatricians, and new research from the University of Rochester suggests that parents have more power to change this than they may think.

For the study, nearly 200 teens aged 14 to 17 kept diaries about the length and quality of their sleep for one week.

On July 1, 2019, Sarah Mangelsdorf became the new president of the University of Rochester. She was selected for the role following the resignation of Joel Seligman, and is the university’s first female president.

Mangelsdorf comes to Rochester from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as provost. She’s also a professor of psychology whose research focuses on the social and emotional development of infants and young children.

We sit down with Mangelsdorf to discuss her background, her goals for the university, her views on the university’s role in terms of economic development, and how she thinks the campus is moving forward after the events of last year. In studio: