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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Reacts to the Resignation of University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

January 11, 2018
Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) issued this statement in reaction to the resignation of University of Rochester President Joel Seligman:   

“For more than a decade, Joel Seligman has helped transform the University of Rochester. Together, we waged successful campaigns to solidify federal support for the laser lab and dramatically increase the university’s share of federal research funding. For years, Joel not only guided the University of Rochester but was central to our region’s effort to regain our economic footing by leveraging Rochester’s deep experience and expertise in high-tech research, development and manufacturing, including the federally-led photonics institute. I consider him a friend and Joel’s impact on our community will be felt for many years to come.

“We must eliminate the scourge of sexual assault and harassment from all corners of our society. It was an outrage that this professor was allowed to take advantage of the uneven power that exists between faculty and students. This is the same dynamic that universities and workplaces are grappling with across the nation. The report released today outlined a series of steps that college officials can take to better protect students and I hope they are given the serious consideration they deserve. No one should be driven out of research, academics or their lifelong dreams because of intimidation or abuse. If we do not support all students in academics, our nation will lose out on countless advancements and great breakthroughs that could change history.”

Slaughter is the author of the Gender Equity in Education Act to provide more resources for schools, school districts, states, and institutions of higher education to fully implement Title IX. This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender sex in federally funded educational programs and activities. More than a dozen organizations, including the American Association of University Women, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, and the National Organization for Women support the bill. The legislation is named in honor of Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who spent much of her career fighting against gender discrimination and was one of the principle authors of the legislation enacting Title IX.