Protest held at U of R amid sexual harassment allegations

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A University of Rochester professor, under fire for allegations of sexual harassment, was the source of a protest on campus Wednesday.

Some students have accused Dr. T. Florian Jaeger of sexual harassment. The U of R’s investigation found there wasn’t enough evidence to support the allegations, which has created backlash.

At Wednesday’s protest, many say they were here to show their support for victims of sexual harassment, but even more importantly, they want the university to change how they handle allegations of sexual harassment.

Over 200 students rallied in the enter of U of R’s campus. One by one they spoke out demanding that Jaeger is fired after allegations came out in an EEOC complaint of sexual harassment of 11 women. 

Students tell News 8 that they attended a town hall meeting on Tuesday, where President Joel Seligman addressed the EEOC filing. Seligman explained why allegations were dismissed during the meeting.

Some students say the university’s investigation is a cover up, and demand compliance officer Morgan Levy to also be fired. 

Jaeger sent out an email to his class saying he will not be teaching this semester. Students say that’s not enough either.

“He is still dealing with his graduate students, who make up the bulk of the victims of his harassment,” protest organizer Lindsay Wrobel said. “He should not have been allowed to send an email to his class in the first place. It should have come from someone who was directly involved.

“I think this is disgusting,” student Emily Martell said. “I cannot believe there is still a man teaching on this campus who has been called out by 11 women on sexual harassment or sexual assault.”

The university has confirmed they will hire an independent investigator to review new claims made in the EEOC complaint.

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