University of Rochester President resigns amid investigation report

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - University of Rochester President Seligman has notified the Board of Trustees he is resigning as President, effective Feb. 28. 

Seligman released a letter to the University community Thursday. 

The news came following the release of the independent investigation report into the University's response to allegations of sexual harassment by a professor at the University. The University says Seligman informed the Board of his intention to resign Thursday morning, before the investigation results were released. 

The Board of Trustees released the following statement on the President's decision: 

Joel Seligman advised the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester that he is resigning as President, effective February 28, 2018.

President Seligman notified the Board of Trustees of his decision before the Board, the Special Committee or President Seligman had received The Report of the Independent Investigation.

As we as a community begin to consider this Report, we Trustees express our heartfelt apology to anyone who was hurt by the actions of any University employee, or who felt intimidated, excluded, or harassed.

We Trustees have many serious decisions to make in the days ahead. We will carefully review the facts, findings and recommendations in The Report, and our deliberations will be guided by our commitment to ensuring that the University of Rochester is a place of unity where all of our students, faculty, employees and visitors feel safe, respected, secure and empowered to achieve their highest potential. It is our sincere hope that the University of Rochester will be known one of the best and most welcoming universities in the nation to work and learn. 

President Seligman has been a brilliant, transformative leader of University of Rochester who will long be remembered for substantially expanding our academic programs and our campus, broadening our student and faculty diversity, strengthening our finances, increasing our enrollment and securing Rochester’s place among America’s finest academic institutions. We thank him for his distinguished service to our University, our community and our state and we wish him well.

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