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Rochester’s Culture of Respect

In the spirit of Meliora, the University of Rochester has launched a collaborative and wide-reaching effort to strengthen a culture of respect. On this website, you will find details about those action steps, which include clearer processes for reporting and investigating misconduct, policy revisions, and expanded resources for faculty, students, and staff. Together the University community is affirming shared values and a strong commitment to be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsive organization at every level.

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Taking Collaborative Action

Read about the collaborative action the University community is taking to strengthen Rochester’s policies, to respond to the recommendations of the independent investigation, and to address issues related to campus climate.

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Working Together to Be Ever Better

Moving forward means working together to understand perspectives and promote meaningful change.

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“I believe we can draw strength from our shared commitment to the ideal of Meliora.”

A Message from President Feldman

As we take steps to heal and rebuild, I hope we will unite as one community, listening carefully and respectfully. There is much work to be done in the days ahead. I am meeting with many faculty, staff, and students to discuss next steps. Together we will live up to our pledge to be ever better. Rochester has an opportunity to be a model—not just in the letter of our policies and procedures but in the spirit of our actions—measured by our respect for each other and our differences in a campus community that is safe and inclusive for all.

Richard Feldman
University of Rochester

Interim President Designate Richard Feldman

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Responding to the White Report Recommendations

The University community is currently reviewing and responding to the recommendations outlined in the Independent Investigation Report. Those recommendations are a starting point. Other groups will offer additional recommendations to improve policies related to sexual harassment and address issues related to campus climate. Together, the University community will begin to put those ideas into action.

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Your Feedback is Welcome

The University is committed to listening carefully and respectfully to all the members of the community. Please share your comments and perspective.

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Find Resources

There are a number of resources, guidelines, and policies available to report and address complaints of harassment and misconduct.

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Have Further Questions?

Find additional information about the investigation, report, and steps the University is taking.

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