UR independent investigation of sexual misconduct allegations delayed until early 2018

Nov 30, 2017
Originally published on January 10, 2018 3:02 pm

The Special Committee of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that their investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against professor Florian Jaeger won't be complete until Early January.

The report was originally supposed to be completed by the end of this year.

The Special Committee said it has been advised by Mary Jo White, the former US attorney commissioned to conduct the investigation about the delay, and that she and her team say the will issue their report no later than January 12th.

White is investigating all matters raised in the EEOC complaint including the original allegations, the University's actions in response to those allegations, and the University's policies and practices involving sexual harassment and misconduct.

White also says she has received broad cooperation from more than 115 current and former students, staff and administrators, and said that the report will be made available simultaneously to the special committee, board of trustees and then released to the public on the same day. 

Celeste Kidd, one of the women who filed the EEOC complaint said they continue to be disappointed with the university's reaction to this case, especially after seeing student reaction this fall.

"To my knowledge, nothing has changed to address their concerns and their concerns are urgent. This investigation taking a whole semester...things have happened in that time, students have needed those resources and they can't trust those resources. They put students at risk."

She said the push back only adds to concerns they had about the investigation in the first place.

"I would like to hope that it’s going to be a good investigation but it’s completely opaque. So it’s very difficult to tell. There have been no rules laid out, it’s not clear exactly how it’s operating."

UR said as soon as the reports of the independent investigation is made public, the trustees will be on campus to begin working on appropriate steps.