Kidd says a professor supervising her made her life unbearable by stalking her, making demeaning comments about her weight and talking about sex. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
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When Celeste Kidd was a graduate student of neuroscience at the University of Rochester she says a professor supervising her made her life unbearable by stalking her, making demeaning comments about her weight and talking about sex. Ten years on and now a professor of neuroscience at the university, Kidd is taking legal action. That sums up what happened to Kidd, according to the lawsuit.Last year, two professors at the department, in whom Kidd eventually confided, filed a sexual harassment complaint. The university investigated but found the allegations unsubstantiated. The professors say the university then began a retaliation campaign against them. The university responded by placing Jaeger, now a tenured professor, on administrative leave and commissioning an independent investigation. Jaeger added that he has always tried to make his lab "an exciting, sa[f]e and supportive place to pursue science" and that he has received letters of support from former students.As universities face pressure to rethink their sexual misconduct policies, activists suggest various possible remedies: spelling out what interaction is appropriate between faculty and students; more transparency in reporting and investigating complaints; more women in senior leadership positions in academia; and making a student's career less dependent on just one professor.
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