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U of R professor under fire will not teach this fall, Seligman says

Dr. Florian Jaeger (Provided photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A big shift from the University of Rochester Tuesday night as its president said a professor under fire for harassment claims would not be teaching his class for the fall semester.

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.

Eleven students and faculty accused Dr. Jaeger of sexual harassment. An investigation by the University of Rochester found no violation.

An online petition calling for his resignation has more than 6,000 signatures as of Tuesday night.

Many students said they were upset by the case and voiced their concerns at Tuesday night's meeting.

"The simple reality is this painfil experience of distrust means we need to cleanse," President Seligman said. "We need a campus where there is pride and belief this is an institution that cares for all of us. I think he took responsibility."

President Seligman also apologized to students for the pain that the case has caused on campus.

13WHAM News will continue to follow this developing story as it unfolds.

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