The case reached national spotlight earlier this month after a group of professors filed a Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against Dr. Florian Jaeger. Professor Jaeger is accused of using his position to gain sexual favors from female students. U of R student, Lindsay Wrobel's hunger strike comes on the heels of a student protest last Wednesday.
A University of Rochester student's hunger strike has reached day five as she protests how the college handled a sexual harassment investigation.
The case reached national spotlight earlier this month after a group of professors filed a Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against Dr. Florian Jaeger.
In the complaint, former U of R professors Dr. Richard Aslin and Dr. Elissa Newport claim Dr. Jaeger has sexually harassed students and fostered a "hostile environment."
The professors also claim the university didn't full investigate the matter.
Last week, in response, UR political science student Lindsay Wrobel started a hunger strike in protest. Speaking with News10NBC on Monday, day five of her strike, she said it has been tough. She's weak, but says she's in it for the long haul.
"When people are telling you what they need to feel safe, you should listen," Wrobel tells News10NBC. "This is about every student on this campus who's going to feel uncomfortable reporting their assaults and every girl who is now more scared to go to college, more than she is excited."
She adds, "This is about the women around the country who never reported because they never thought they would be believed. This is so much bigger than me and so much bigger than this campus."
Dr. Jaeger is accused of using his position to gain sexual favors from female students. Wrobel's hunger strike comes on the heels of a student protest last Wednesday.
The U of R released a statement saying the allegations against Florian have been investigated internally and externally and that the EEOC complaint is "largely based on hearsay and not substantiated and ignores factual evidence."
But Wrobel, who's only drinking water with lemon and salt, says this hunger strike is to bring about change in how the university handles sexual misconduct.
"I think it's very clear Professor Jaeger did what he's being accused of and I want to see him fired immediately," Wrobel claims. "I'm prepared to do this until I'm hospitalized or until change is made."