University of Rochester President Joel Seligman says he will step down.
The announcement follows the release of a report that looked into how the university and Seligman handled an investigation into a professor accused of sexual harassment.
In a letter Seligman says, "It has been the greatest honor of my life to have served the University of Rochester for the last twelve and a half years. I am grateful to everyone who has served with me and am proud of the progress we have made together."
Seligman's final day as president will be Feb. 28. In a statement, the Board of Trustees says Seligman made the decision to resign before the results of the investigation were released.
Seligman was named in a lawsuit that followed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the university. The lawsuit claims he didn't do enough to respond to multiple allegations against professor Florian Jaeger. Jaeger was accused of using his position of power to coerce students into sexual relationships.
Jaeger was cleared of any misconduct following initial investigations by the university. But, following the EEOC complaint and pressure from students, the Board of Trustees launched an independent investigation into the matter.
Those results were released Thursday and found no violation of any university policy or the law through Jaeger's conduct. Investigators said Jaeger's conduct did not "meet the standard for sexual harassment, as currently defined by law." But, while not unlawful, investigators did say: "Jaeger's conduct before 2014 was at times inappropriate, unprofessional and offensive, and may have been harmful to some students."