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In his first interview since announcing his resignation, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman covered a wide range of topics with WXXI News.

And they include the reasons for his stepping down.

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University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, has released a statement through his lawyers, responding to the 200+ page report from an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against him and the university's response to those allegations. Jaeger has been on administrative leave from his post in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Dept. since that time.

This is his statement in its entirety:

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Following the release of an independent investigation on Thursday about the handling of sexual harassment allegations against University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, those who had filed the complaint with a federal agency expressed disappointment, frustration and anger.

The University of Rochester has taken criticism for how it handled multiple complaints of sexual harassment on campus, particularly regarding faculty. On Thursday, a new report was released with findings on what happened, and whether the University reacted appropriately.

We provided live coverage of the news conference focusing on the report's release.

*Note: On Thursday afternoon, the University of Rochester announced that President Joel Seligman resigned.

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A more than 200 page report was released on Thursday by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who was commissioned by the University of Rochester to investigate claims of sexual harassment by Professor Florian Jaeger and allegations that some of those who brought those claims were retaliated against by the university.

It could be a pivotal day for the University of Rochester on Thursday.  It all revolves around the allegations in a harassment complaint filed by several current and former faculty and students.

The university commissioned the investigation by former U.S. Attorney and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, after the controversy that erupted over accusations made by several current and former faculty and grad students.

There will be more information coming out this week about the next steps to be taken in the controversy generated by claims of sexual harassment at the University of Rochester.

A report from the investigator hired by the university to look into the allegations filed by several current or former graduate students and faculty will be out on Thursday, a day before the most recent deadline.

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A former Eastman School of Music piano student is speaking out about his lawsuit alleging he was retaliated against when he rebuffed the sexual advances of a professor.

Joseph Irrera, who grew up in Batavia, now lives in the San Francisco area. But the 35 year old classical pianist says it’s been tough getting a teaching position, something he thought he was on track to do after pursuing his doctoral degree at Eastman.

An open letter from faculty leaders at the University of Rochester is critical of how the university is handling policies dealing with sexual harassment.

The critique comes from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and it was published this week in the campus newspaper, the Campus Times.

Nine professors and students who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the University of Rochester three months ago, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the university, President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark.

(the court papers are at the end of this story)

The 192-page complaint echoes many of the allegations contained in the EEOC complaint, many of which centered around Professor Florian Jaeger, in the university’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Jaeger has denied the charges, and was placed on administrative leave.

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