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Yale Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment

Yale Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment

After a series of offensive and sexually charged incidents on the campus of Yale University, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced it was launching an investigation into the failures by the University to adequately eliminate the hostile sexual environment on campus.

The notice came after 16 students and alumni contacted the DOE and alleged the University’s failure was a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a landmark piece of legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools.

The complaint alleges that Yale inadequately responded to a series of events on campus, with the most recent and egregious event occurring in October of 2010.  That is when a group of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges surrounded by brothers of the same fraternity loudly chanted “No means yes! Yes means anal!” outside Old Campus, the area on Yale’s campus where a majority of freshman women live.

Other instances of sexual harassment at the school include the September 2009 “Preseason scouting report” email where a group of male Yale students widely circulated a list of fifty-three freshman women, ranking them in order of how many beers it would take to have sex with them.

In addition to these very public events the complaint mentions the University’s failure to address several instances of private sexual harassment and assault.

No doubt there will be a certain part of the population that will try and dismiss the majority of these claims as an over-reaction to “harmless” and “typical” college-age behavior, spinning the response into a variation of “boys will be boys.”

But Title IX is clear that school officials have a duty to run a campus free from such offensive conduct.  What is most troubling, and what the complaint addresses, is that the behavior that fueled the complaint is only escalating–due in large part to the perception that it is either not a problem or that University officials won’t step in to put a stop to it. 

That’s a perception that is toxic.  Just like a sexually hostile work environment affects all employees, a sexually hostile educational environment affects all students and teachers and stands in the way of the principle job of a university, to facilitate learning.

So far neither Yale University officials nor the DOE have commented on the investigation.

 

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5:26AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

HIT THEM HARD-GOES ON THEIR RECORD AND DISMISSAL FROM THE SCHOOL,AND THENSHOVE A BROOMSTICK YOU KNOW WHERE

6:05AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thank you for the article. It is sad, when someone is alone. And i hope that other people have someone behaves supportedly towards and who takes them seriously.

Always when i hear about terrible things it makes me sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

About me... there is no one who takes me seriously... :( i hate my own life, i wish i would vanish... that no one would have a burden (me) anymore...

Please forgive these sadness

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last

7:47AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Stupidity, brutality, and neanderthalic behavior gets you into Yale? How many of these folks got in on that particular scholarship?

5:01AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

damn. Some female should have created a "scouting report" email to circulate a list of the boys who were doing the harassing, rank them in order of money / height / weight / size of their feet as a gauge of their little organ as the criteria for the women to be willing to have sex with them. If they could pull a fast one on the females, it should be okay for the girls to do the same 'harmless' joke in return. ha.

10:32PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

what society and school are they going to? where's the mutual respect??

3:25PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

This from the university that gave us big and little Bush.

7:16AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

once again it comes down to society and parents refusing to teach disapline and responsability. they failed to teach disipline because if they had this behavour would not be happening they are failing responsability because if they were the students would either be expelled by now or having some form of daclipine enforced upon them and the faternity. That house should be closed as well as any other participating in behavoure like this. However I am syre it comes down to Money, Daddy is donating to the school or the company he works for so they cant take any chance on stopping the flow. really what is a daughters humility worth in corprate america?

12:57PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Yale alumni should be furious. "Boys will be boys" just says that parents raised young main incapable of adjusting to adult life. Once you are an adult you fall into having to take responsibility to society, the school cannot protect you from the laws of the land. Yale, hello?

Is this the type of citizen any institution wants to produce? They should be ashamed.

8:31AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Ew.

6:35AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

At least someone there won't want to go to JAIL...

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