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LISTEN: Celeste Kidd responds to Seligman resignation, Jaeger statement, special committee report

Jan 15, 2018
Originally published on January 12, 2018 12:30 pm

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.   

Kidd and others, who filed an EEOC complaint regarding the university's response to their allegations, are pursuing a federal lawsuit against the university.  The complainants' attorneys advised them to not agree to interviews with an independent committee investigating the matter.  Kidd said she was not willing to forgo the opportunity to have the case heard by a court of law, which she called the only path to justice. 

The investigative committee appointed by the university's Board of Trustees released its 207 page report Thursday. In many ways, it vindicates the university in its handling of the matter.  Investigators  reported the university was correct to not find Jaeger in violation of university policies, though they called his behavior inappropriate and unprofessional.  

University president Joel Seligman announced his resignation to the Board of Trustees just before the report was released on Thursday.  Click on the LISTEN link above to hear professor Kidd respond to Seligman's departure and other questions about the committee's report. 

Professor Jaeger released this statement on Friday morning through his attorney. 

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