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As the spring semester gets started, Interim President of University of Rochester Richard Feldman says he hopes the University community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding.

Feldman sent a letter to the University community Sunday welcoming them back to a new semester and a new chapter at UR.

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Just a day after University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of February, the university has announced the appointment of an interim president.

The announcement came from board chair Danny Wegman, who says that Professor Richard Feldman, who served as Dean of the College from 2006 until last year will take that role.

Feldman has been involved with the university for more than 40 years, and his tasks included serving as co-chair of the 2016 Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity.

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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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Celeste Kidd, a professor in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the University of Rochester, says she does not regret the fact that she did not participate in a three month investigation into sexual misconduct and harassment claims she and other current and former faculty members made about professor Florian Jaeger.   

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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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Joel Seligman has resigned as president and CEO of the University of Rochester, effective February 28, 2018. His resignation comes hours after an independent investigation found that while there was no evidence of a hostile work environment in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, there was inappropriate behavior by Professor Florian Jaeger. 

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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.

Read the report of the independent investigation into harassment allegations at UR.

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