Three days into hunger strike, student isn't giving in until professor is gone
Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - Lindsay Wrobel says at midnight Saturday, it will have been three days since she last ate.
Wrobel is a University of Rochester student who vowed to not eat until university professor Dr. Florian Jaeger was removed from the faculty.
Jaeger is at the center of an EEOC complaint filed against the university. The complaint alleges sexual harassment.
"Until Professor Jaeger is removed from the university, there’s going to be no trust among the student body," Wrobel said.
Early Saturday afternoon, a concerned caller noticed the toll of the hunger strike on Lindsay and reported her to first responders. Lindsay refused help, but told public safety at the university she'd notify them if she needed hospitalization.
"It is painful, it is scary thinking about what comes next. I’ve had nausea. I’ve had headaches, I’ve had muscle aches really bad. Even texting feels like work," Wrobel added.
Those are similar words she emailed to U of R President Joel Seligman Saturday morning.
Seligman later released this statement to 13WHAM:
"I have been in touch with Lindsay to tell her how concerned I am about her and to let her know that my primary concern is her health. She has every right to express herself as she chooses, but I urged her to put her well-being first. We are carefully monitoring the situation."
As of late Saturday, Dr. Jaeger is still an employee at the university.
"I fully intend to do this until I’m hospitalized. I think what’s of primary importance is the students on this campus feeling safe. And as of right now, they don’t, and they won’t until Professor Jaeger is removed," Wrobel said.
At a meeting on campus Tuesday, President Joel Seligman announced the university would be hiring an independent investigator to review a sexual harassment complaint filed against Dr. Florian Jaeger.