UR settles sexual harassment suit for $9.4 million (Rochester Business Journal)
The University of Rochester will pay $9.4 million in a settlement agreement announced Friday with nine former professors and students who sued the institution in 2017 over its handling of sexual harassment complaints. The parties released a joint statement, thanking the plaintiffs for stepping forward, and listing some of the lengths the university went to in order to fight the case, including commissioning a $4.5 million report that concluded there was no case, while also supporting the plaintiff’s claims as factual. Friday’s statement also acknowledged changes the university has made to prevent similar situations. The suit against then-President Joel Seligman, Provost Robert L. Clark, and the university was filed in December 2017 over their handling of harassment complaints about professor T. Florian Jaeger in the university’s Brain and Cognitive Science Department. Jaeger himself was not named in the suit and continues to work at the university.