Sexual Assault Complaints Up at Yale

Graduates line up for commencement on campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. AP

Yale University received 29 sexual assault complaints in the first six months of 2014.

The Ivy League school has published a semiannual report of sexual misconduct complaints since 2012, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking. The 29 sexual assault complaints are the most in the report’s history, according to Bloomberg.

The vast majority of the complaints were made by and about undergraduates, and there were more sexual assault complaints than any other category (sexual harassment was second, with 19).

Of the sexual assault complaints the university found “sufficient evidence’’ to support, punishments for the offenders ranged from suspension to being “restricted from participating in certain campus activities’’ and having a degree withheld until 2015, to a “written reprimand’’ and mandatory “sexual consent training.’’


Schools across the country have been criticized for insufficient responses to sexual assault complaints, and Yale was investigated in 2011 for allegedly failing to prevent a “hostile sexual environment’’ after 16 students filed a Title IX complaint.

In the Boston area, reports of “forcible sex offenses’’ increased by about 40 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to The Boston Globe. Harvard recently introduced a new sexual assault policy, while Tufts was found to be in violation of Title IX after a 2010 complaint that the school discriminated against a woman who reported being sexually assaulted by her boyfriend.

Last month, the US Department of Education announced it would be investigating Berklee College of Music, adding it to a list of 64 schools under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault complaints. Harvard University, Boston University and Emerson College are also on the list.


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