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Remove Florian Jaeger and Reevaluate Sexual Harrassment Policy

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For years a scandal was tearing apart the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, but most of the school community was unaware until Mother Jones broke the story on September 8th. U of R students were shocked and disgusted to learn that:

  • Professor Florian Jaeger had been reported for sexual harassment by multiple students and faculty;
  • This harassment included unwanted sexual pictures, threats, stalking, and verbal abuse;
  • The school promoted Jaeger while he was still under investigation, eventually clearing him in a procedure conducted by an investigator who refused to even look at all the evidence offered by Jaeger's victims;
  • The school retaliated against professors who reported the abuse, even denying them legally mandated maternity leave;
  • Richard Aslin, the most prestigious member of the BCS department and a former school dean, resigned in protest.

Florian Jaeger remains a professor at the University of Rochester. President Seligman initially resisted calls to launch another investigation of Jaeger's conduct, but relented due to a public outcry including a hunger strike and coverage by the New York Times. Jaeger is temporarily on leave (a voluntary move on his part) pending the results of an external investigation.

Unfortunately, this investigation appears to be a sham. Rather than settle with the complainants, the school has chosen to fight Jaeger's victims in court. Although the complainants would like to cooperate with the school's investigation, they cannot do so while engaged in a legal battle. Thus, the University is once again "investigating" Jaeger while excluding the primary witnesses!

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  • University of Rochester
  • University of Rochester, President and CEO
    Joel Seligman
  • University of Rochester, Title IX Coordinator
    Morgan Levy
  • University of Rochester, Vice President and General Counsel
    Gail M. Norris
  • Director of Diversity Programming
    Ashley Campbell
  • Vice President, Senior Advisor to the President, and University Dean
    Paul Burgett
  • Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity & Special Projects Researcher
    Maggie Cousin
  • Administrative Assistant and Witmer (President's) House Manager
    Kim Downs
  • Deputy Secretary of the Board and Deputy Chief of Staff
    Jennifer Faler
  • Chair for Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Greg DeAngelis
  • Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Computer Science
    T. Florian Jaeger
  • Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Center for Visual Science
    Peter Lennie


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