BUFFALO, N.Y. — Faculty members who filed a federal complaint over the University of Rochester’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations are raising questions about the university’s response.

The university said Tuesday that a special committee had retained former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White to lead an independent investigation.

The complainants on Wednesday questioned the choice of White because she once led the Securities Exchange Commission and has been publicly praised by the university’s president, Joel Seligman, an SEC historian.

The university says White was chosen because of her expertise, without Seligman’s input.

In their Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint, the former and current faculty members say the university retaliated against them after they raised harassment claims against Professor T. Florian Jaeger.

University investigators cleared Jaeger. He’s said he can’t comment.