Hundreds of science professors from around the world are urging their students to not seek further schooling or employment at an upstate New York university amid allegations that a professor there has sexually harassed students and employees for years.
The boycott letter alleges that officials at the University of Rochester have not done enough to protect women working or studying under Dr. Florian Jaeger, a research professor at the university’s brain and cognitive sciences department.
The letter, signed by more than 400 professors, blasts university officials for “supporting the predator and intimidating the victims and advocates in this case.” It was delivered to the university’s trustee board on Monday.
“We cannot in good conscience encourage our students to pursue educational or employment opportunities at the University of Rochester,” the letter states.
News of Jaeger’s predatory behavior first broke when eight current and former researchers at the western New York university filed a scathing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in September.
The complaint that Jaeger’s predatory behavior began “immediately” after he was hired as an assistant professor in 2006.
The complaint focuses mainly on the experiences of Celeste Kidd, a former Ph.D. student who is currently an assistant professor at the university.
At the end of Kidd’s first semester, the sex terrorist pressed her into renting a room at his house. Knowing that she was looking for housing, the predator offered her a very affordable rent and Kidd accepted.
While living together, the savage would repeatedly barge into Kidd’s room unannounced. He would also host boozy parties, constantly comment on Kidd’s looks and tell other people that they were living together “as a couple.”
The creepy cracka would also brag about his sexual involvement with other Ph.D. students.