Now, he said, "It is clear to me that the best interests of the university are best served with new leadership, and a fresh perspective to focus on healing our campus and moving us forward in a spirit of cooperation and unity".
The independent investigation was initiated last September to look into sexual misconduct allegations against Jaeger and to evaluate how the University of Rochester responded to them.
Florian Jaeger, a research professor at the upstate NY university's cognitive sciences department, made national headlines last year after allegations arose that he had for years harassed and engaged in sexual relationships with his students.
Seligman, who announced Thursday he would leave at the end of February, already indicated he was leaving basically to help the UR campus heal after the controversy over sexual harassment allegations against a professor and how the administration handled that situation.
Seligman also talked about the report released this week through an independent investigation, which he feels was largely on the mark, and he lamented what he says was a rush to judgement on allegations rather than evidence.
The report says that "There is widespread confusion among members of the University community about the University's reporting and investigative processes with respect to sexual harassment".
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"What mattered was always, how do you restore the self-confidence and pride that all 2,780 professors here, all 11,000 or so students here, all 100, 000 alumni, deserve?"
White's team, though, still did not find evidence that female graduate students had been subjected to a hostile work or academic environment since 2014, after the university revised its policy on faculty-student relationships.
But, in an at times contradictory report, former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White refuted those claims, concluding that university officials ultimately acted appropriately, although she stressed that "a number of bold steps" needs to be taken by the administration in order to fix the "wounds and distrust" inflicted by Jaeger. Yet, she said, her firm's conclusions are legal, not "moral" ones. But it did recommended that UR clarify and expand its procedures for dealing with sexual harassment by faculty members.
In a joint complaint, at least four Rochester students alleged that the university didn't do enough to protect them from Jaeger, noting that the professor was promoted in the midst of an investigation into his behavior. Those professors, most of whom are leaving or have left the department, continue to argue that the move amounted to illegal retaliation for reporting their colleague.
Attorney Ann Olivarius, who represents the complainants, calls the report incomplete and inaccurate. "Promising a comprehensive investigation when you know it can not be comprehensive strikes me as fundamentally fraudulent".
The complainants said they took their action in support of students and were not to blame for the damage. "It is not acceptable to say that people have behaved offensively and inappropriately to our students, but nobody did anything wrong".