Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Yale Is Settled

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Yale University, the target of a federal civil rights investigation over complaints it failed to properly handle sexual misconduct and a sexually hostile environment on campus, reached a settlement Friday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Sixteen students filed a 26-page civil rights complaint in March 2011, sparked in part by an incident in October 2010 when male fraternity pledges stood outside dorms where first-year female students lived and chanted sexually aggressive obscenities.

Russlynn Ali, the Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights, said the federal investigation found that the complaint was not an isolated incident but part of a broader problem at Yale.

"We became very aware very early on that the number of complaints of sexual harassment and violence had largely been underreported for a very long time at the university," she said.

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