The findings of the investigation and subsequent resignation of President Seligman finally feels like an end to a long discussion on the scandal at the Univesity of Rochester.
Several recommendations were made in the report for the University going forward.
It’s up to them though, how they ultimately handle this and what, if any, changes they implement.
“Some former female graduates have had to endure remarks and things they never should’ve had to,” said Mary Jo White at the investigation report press conference.
That said, White’s investigation concluded the UofR handled allegations of sexual harassment in compliance with federal law and University policy at the time.
The report also included recommendations for the University going forward.
“University needs to now take a number of bold steps including but not limited to acting on the recommendations in this report to repair the resulting wounds and distrust that have occurred,” said White.
Some of those include: releasing annual data on all sexual harassment charges loged with the University, a more detailed and extensive policy on sexual harassment and stricter rules on relationships between students and faculty.
“Look at their intimate sexual relationship policy and put an out right bar on relationships between student faculty in the same department,” said White.
Most importantly, White says, is that it’s done swiftly.
“Tight timetables are recommended so that action is taken not just discussed,” said White.