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UR Harrasment Investigation

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.

A report commissioned by the University of Rochester Board of Trustees on the allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation will be released Thursday. The report was done by an outside law firm, led by former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White.

The report will be released at 12:45 p.m. online, and a news conference will be held at the university at 1 p.m.

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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.

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A complainant in the EEOC sexual harassment case against a University of Rochester professor will soon be leaving her job at the school.

Jessica Cantlon and her husband Brad Mahon, both in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department will be leaving for positions at Carnegie Mellon University next fall.

Cantlon says they told university they would consider leaving if the school didn’t make active attempts to review their sexual harassment procedures as well as conflicts of interest in their investigation into the incidents the EEOC complain brought up.

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.

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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.

Time Magazine

Two University of Rochester professors are among Time Magazine's Persons of the Year.

Time calls them the "silence breakers," women who have voiced allegations of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

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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.

The law firm representing professors and graduate students at the University of Rochester who have filed a complaint alleging they were harmed by the actions of Professor Florian Jaeger and the way the university responded now say they plan to file a federal lawsuit next month.

Jaeger faces allegations of sexual harassment, and he has been on administrative leave since September.

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