START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
1,443,001 people care about Women's Rights

Sex Crime Cover-Up At Yale and College Campuses?

Sex Crime Cover-Up At Yale and College Campuses?
  • 1 of 2

Yale University has been in the news for less than flattering reasons that cast into doubt how serious the Ivy League school, and universities in general, are about addressing sex crimes and making their campuses a safe  and welcoming environment for women. Yale Could Just Say No to Covering Up Rape is the title of an recent essay by New School history professor Clare Potter about a recent report about sex crimes at Yale.

Potter writes that Yale is “sobered” by the statistics: In an email to the University community, Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler wrote that, from July -December 2011, 29 undergraduates brought sexual misconduct complaints to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, Yale’s Title IX Coordinators and the Yale Police Department.

Noting that she is — who wouldn’t be? — “sobered” too, Potter (a Yale alumna) writes that those numbers are rather low:

I have never seen a campus committee work so efficiently to cover up sex crimes on campus. Out of 5,000 students, that would make the rate of “sexual misconduct” — which includes a lot of noxious, sexist and violent behaviors that are not felony rape — at .0058.  This would put Yale so far below other estimates of the frequency of felony rape on college campuses that I would like to suggest they send they report to the Department of Justice with a laugh track. This report from the DOJ in December 2000 estimated that a campus should expect 350 rapes for every 10,000 women.  Roger Williams College goes with the conventional number, which is that one in four women will be sexually assaulted before they graduate.

The 29 cases were all heard by a campus disciplinary committee and were voluntarily reported. Many of the rape cases were “found not to be substantial enough to pursue further because the victim was incapacitated at the time and could not provide a clear account of the alleged crime,” says Potter. But in the case in which the committee found that crimes had occurred, the student (a male student) was given a “sentence” of a one-semester suspension for assault, battery, stalking and forced sex. In a case in which a Yale student made an “informal complaint” that a male student had “nonconsensual sex” with her, the accused student was simply (says the Yale report) “counseled … on appropriate conduct” and restrictions were “imposed… on contact between the parties.”

Rhodes Scholarship Controversy

A recent controversy about a Yale quarterback further suggests that the university has a very long way to go about reporting sex crimes. 

  • 1 of 2

Read more: , , , , , , , ,

Photo of student on the Yale campus by Adam Solomon

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
6:37AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012


4:45AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

The Teenager Had Just Been Rescued From Weeks of Imprisonment and Torture at the Hands of Her Husband's Family


family to pay a debt but she refused to become a prostitute to bring in more money. She was cut, burned with cigarettes, beaten to a pulp and many of her fingernails were ripped out. She was barely alive when police found her


1:43PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

We had a huge problem with sexual assault (in addition to violent attacks and riots) at my university and the local police and college worked together to try to cover up the issue. If it weren't for independent student journalism no one besides the victims and their loved ones would have even known about the numerous attacks. It is revolting the lengths to which police and colleges will go to in an attempt to maintain a good reputation and bring in the buck$.

9:50PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

We need to be fighting violence against women everywhere it happens, but it is particularly shameful so much happens on campus.

4:06AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:10PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

ain't that the truth, hugh w.

8:27AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Thank you for the article. Very sad but unsurprising really.

4:02AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Listen college girls, never report a crime that occurs against you on a college campus to the campus police. Go straight to the police of that particular state if you truly want any justice. I wish this weren't the case, but it is. I hope that a crime is never committed against you. But it is doubtful your university cares about you as much as it does its reputation.

3:46AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

It's not surprising at's been going on forever, and probably will never stop!

2:17AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

I believe that this problem go way further than only Yale university so there should be a higher awarness about this - What part of NO doesn't these students understand??

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

I am sick of Republican politicians.

Using the phrase "crackdown on strippers " is bound to make a lot of politicians nervous.

meet our writers

Kristina Chew Kristina Chew teaches and writes about ancient Greek and Latin and is Online Advocacy and Marketing... more
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK


Civil Rights


Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights


Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!