Professor Florian Jaeger.
(University of Rochester)
An embattled University of Rochester professor accused of sexual harassment has reportedly continued to work at the school, despite being on paid administrative leave, which is a lawsuit by fellow teachers.
Florian Jaeger, an influential professor at the university of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BSC) department, is on paid leave amid allegations of sexual misconduct rocking the university.
A complaint filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claims the professor hosted a drug-filled hot tub parties and had “unprotected sex with students, sent unwanted pictures of his genitals to a female student, [and] lamented to others that he would be sexually transmitted diseases.”
But despite the accusations, three teachers have come forward to accuse the university of rental Jaeger off the hook and allowing him to work on the campus, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
According to a lawsuit filed earlier in December by three people who work in the BSC department, including those who first complained about the Jaeger sexual misconduct, the professor continues to work on the campus and to influence the students and the faculty.
“Jaeger, on paid leave, will continue to work to BCS, moving around on the campus and interaction with students and teachers as if nothing has happened,” claims the lawsuit, the newspaper.
The suit was brought by Jenna Register, a lab technician in the department, and two graduate students in the BSC department, who asked for anonymity out of fear for retaliation. The three people said that they saw Jaeger’s work on the campus in spite of his paid leave.
The professor was the subject of university research, in 2016, after several people complained that he sexual advances towards them. The university is, however, determined that the allegations were unsubstantiated and later promoted to professor.
Sara Miller, the university spokeswoman, does not reveal the exact terms of the controversial professor leaving, only to tell the Democrat and Chronicle reported that the suspension “was mutually agreed on with the administration in the light of the controversy with regard to the (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), and as a result of Professor Jaeger’s wish not to be a distraction to those enrolled in lecture courses. He had no teaching duties this semester.”
The university, in the processing of the allegations of sexual abuse elicited more than 400 teachers and other educators to sign a letter advising of students in order to prevent the institution of President Seligman did not “adequately respond to claims of aggressive and manipulative behavior” as demonstrated by Jaeger.
“Instead of protecting persons who came to the fore, and the enforcement of the University’s values, the administration sought to reduce the reported events and created a hostile environment for the victims, their lawyers, and of many other members of the campus community,” the letter reads.
“The UR has been withdrawn, the final responsibility for protecting and promoting the interests of its most important constituency, the students, through the support of the predator and intimidating the victims and the lawyers in this case.”
Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.