Resources on Sexual Misconduct
Yale University is committed to maintaining and strengthening an educational, employment, and living environment founded on civility and mutual respect. Sexual misconduct is antithetical to the standards and ideals of our community, and it is a violation of Yale policy and the disciplinary regulations of Yale College and the graduate and professional schools.
Sexual misconduct incorporates a range of behaviors including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. Sexual activity requires affirmative consent, which is defined as positive, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in specific sexual activity throughout a sexual encounter. Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a “no;” a clear “yes,” verbal or otherwise, is necessary. Consent to some sexual acts does not constitute consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act constitute present or future consent. Violations of Yale’s Policy on Teacher-Student Consensual Relations also constitute sexual misconduct. See the full version of Yale’s Sexual Misconduct Policies and Related Definitions.
Yale aims to eradicate sexual misconduct through education, training, clear policies, and serious consequences for violations of these policies. In addition to being subject to University disciplinary action, many forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited by Connecticut and federal law and may lead to civil liability or criminal prosecution. Yale provides a range of services, resources, and mechanisms for victims of sexual misconduct. The options for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students, faculty, and staff are described at http://smr.yale.edu.
Title IX Coordinators
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal funding. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of misconduct. The University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex.
Title IX1 coordinators are senior administrators and faculty members throughout the university who:
- Meet with students, faculty, and staff in order to answer questions related to issues of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender or sexual misconduct
- Inform Yale community members about all of their options for resolving complaints
- Coordinate resources, accommodations, remedies, and interim measures
- Investigate complaints to the degree possible and consistent with the complainant’s wishes
- Ensure that the university responds effectively to each complaint
- Track and monitor incidents, identify patterns and systemic issues, and take steps to address them
University Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Provost for Health Affairs and Academic Integrity, Stephanie Spangler, has campus-wide responsibility for all policies, processes, and programs that address and prevent discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, including sexual misconduct. In addition to Dr. Spangler, the Director of Academic Integrity Programs in the Office of the Provost serves as the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator and helps to oversee the University’s Title IX programs. The Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, serves as the Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for faculty and staff. Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and each of the professional schools have designated deputy Title IX coordinators. The deputy Title IX coordinators report to Dr. Spangler.
Title IX coordinators can be contacted at any time by email or phone. All coordinators are available to the entire Yale community. Coordinators provide information, track and resolve complaints, and address issues relating to gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct within their respective schools. Coordinators are knowledgeable about, and will provide information on, all options for complaint resolution, and can initiate institutional action when necessary. Discussions with a Title IX coordinator will be treated confidentially; at times, the coordinator may need to consult with other administrators or take action in the interest of safety. Coordinators also work closely with the SHARE Center, the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, and the Yale Police Department.
SHARE: Information, Advocacy, and Support
55 Lock Street, Lower Level
Office hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., M–F
24/7 hotline: 203.432.2000
SHARE, the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Center, has trained counselors available at any time of day or night via its direct hotline, as well as drop-in counseling on weekdays during regular business hours. SHARE is available to members of the Yale community who wish to discuss any experience of sexual misconduct involving themselves or someone they care about. SHARE services are confidential and can be anonymous when desired. SHARE can provide professional help with medical and health issues (including accompanying students to the hospital), as well as advice and assistance with contacting police and/or initiating a formal or informal complaint, and it offers ongoing counseling and support. SHARE works closely with the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, the Title IX coordinators, the Yale Police Department, and other campus resources. SHARE also offers conduct awareness training for students who seek to gain a better understanding of consent and respectful sexual encounters.
If you wish to make use of SHARE’s services, you can call the crisis number (203.432.2000) at any time for a phone consultation or to set up an in-person appointment. You may also drop in on weekdays during regular business hours. Some legal and medical options are time-sensitive, so if you have been assaulted, we encourage you to call SHARE and/or the Yale Police as soon as possible. Counselors can talk with you over the telephone or meet you in person at Acute Care in the Yale Health Center or at the Yale-New Haven Emergency Room. If it is not an acute situation and you would like to contact the SHARE staff during regular business hours, you can contact Carole Goldberg, the director of SHARE (203.432.0310, email@example.com), Jennifer Czincz, assistant director (203.432.2610, firstname.lastname@example.org), or John Criscuolo (203.494.6247, email@example.com).
University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct
203.432.4449 (business hours)
The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC) is an internal disciplinary board for complaints of sexual misconduct available to students, faculty, and staff across the University, as described in the committee’s procedures. The UWC provides an accessible, representative, and trained body to fairly and expeditiously address formal complaints of sexual misconduct. Operated from the Provost’s Office, the UWC is comprised of faculty, administrative, and student representatives from across the University. In cases where formal resolution is sought, investigations are conducted by professional, independent fact finders.
Yale Police Department
101 Ashmun Street
24/7 hotline: 203.432.4400
The Yale Police Department (YPD) operates 24/7 and is comprised of highly trained, professional officers. The YPD can provide information on available victims’ assistance services and also has the capacity to perform full criminal investigations. If you wish to speak with Sergeant Marnie Robbins Hoffman, the Sensitive Crimes & Support coordinator, she can be reached at 203.432.9547 during business hours or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Informational sessions are available with the Sensitive Crimes & Support coordinator to discuss safety planning, available options, etc. The YPD works closely with the New Haven State’s Attorney, the SHARE Center, the University’s Title IX coordinators, and various other departments within the University. Talking to the YPD does not commit you to submitting evidence or pressing charges; with few exceptions, all decisions about how to proceed are up to you.