Yale Fulfills Vow on Sex-Misconduct Report

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Making good on a promise to be more open about its handling of sexual misconduct, Yale University has released its first report describing the complaints that were made and how they were handled.

The report, released Tuesday evening and covering the period from July 1 to the end of 2011, lists 52 allegations of misconduct by students or employees, ranging from harassing remarks to rape. None of the people involved were identified, following the university’s policy of keeping the cases confidential.

The new transparency is part of an overhaul of Yale’s system for dealing with such complaints, adopted last year in the face of criticism of the way it had dealt with some cases, particularly those involving members and pledges of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The new system centralized what had been scattered authority for those cases in a single University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, increased efforts to make students aware of the problem and of their options, and committed to making more information public. Separately, Yale imposed a five-year suspension from the use of campus facilities on the fraternity, which had been involved in highly publicized instances of harassment.

Also last year, the federal Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights began an investigation of the university’s sexual harassment and abuse practices, but Yale’s reform of its system was already under way by then.

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