The allegations against Jaeger, and the university’s response, came to light after a complaint was made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on September 1. The complaint states that among other things, Jaeger had sexual relationships with multiple students, demeaned female students, and took credit for others’ work. It also states that after faculty members in the department drew university leadership’s attention to the behavior, its response was to conduct a “limp and rushed” investigation—promoting Jaeger to full professor in the meantime.
Shortly after the complaint was filed, Mother Jones published a chilling article on the experiences of Jaeger’s accusers. “We are highly confident in the integrity of these investigations. . . . No violation of the law or University policy was found,” a university spokesperson told the publication at the time.
In response to the letter, the same spokesperson tells Inside Higher Ed that Rochester has “taken this matter very seriously since it was brought to our attention,” and is awaiting the results of an independent investigation. She says, “We are committed to making this campus one that is welcoming and safe for all.”