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Independent Investigation

In September 2017 a special committee of the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees commissioned Mary Jo White, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, former US Attorney, and senior chair of the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, to launch a fully independent investigation into claims of sexual harassment and retaliation raised in an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) complaint filed against the University in August 2017, and to review the University’s processes, policies, and procedures concerning allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

The report of the Independent Investigation was presented simultaneously by Attorney White to the Board of Trustees and the Special Committee the morning of January 11, 2018 and released, unedited, to the University community and the public at 12:45 p.m.
The full report is now available online.
Attorney White held a news conference for representatives of the media at the University of Rochester at 1 p.m. January 11. A recording of the news conference is available below.


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Statements from the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees

January 9, 2018

The Report of the Independent Investigation will be released to the public and the University community on Thursday, January 11. Links to a livestream presentation and final report will be available at the link below.

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November 29, 2017

The Special Committee announced that an Independent Investigation into allegations raised in a complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be completed by early January.

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October 11, 2017

Further statement from the Special Committee on scope and process of the independent investigation and announcing the additions of faculty member and graduate student to the Committee.

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September 28, 2017

The Special Committee announced a series of measures intended to confirm the rigor, fairness and transparency of the investigative process.

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September 19, 2017

The Board of Trustees has appointed a Special Committee to oversee an independent, comprehensive investigation into all matters involving the EEOC Complaint.

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