Yale University's roots can be traced back to 1718 when Yale College was founded. The overall student enrollment now exceeds 13,000. The administration maintains full compliance with federal Title IX guidelines. This was an educational amendment implemented to combat sexual discrimination in all U.S. educational institutions.
Contacts and Reporting Options
Yale University's Title IX Coordinator is located in the Office of the Deputy Provost for Health Affairs & Academic Integrity in Suite 400 of the Whitney Grove Square Building. Complaints may also be made over the phone or online using various resources.
University-Wide Committee (UWC) on Sexual Misconduct
The UWC is composed of 30 individuals across various departments that are appointed by the Provost. All members receive initial and ongoing training regarding sexual misconduct, equal employment standards, and options for resolution. The UWC strictly forbids acts of retaliation against individuals that report sexual misconduct.
Parties are permitted to choose an adviser for support, assistance in preparation, and accompaniment to proceedings. When an attorney is chosen for this role, the University must be promptly notified.
Informal Resolution of Complaints
If a party wishes to consider resolving a matter using Informal Resolution, they should notify the Chair or Secretary of the UWC. Possible informal options may involve counseling, mediation, and more. Informal Resolution is not an option for cases involving sexual assault.
Process for Formal Complaints
The majority of cases with serious allegations are handled through Formal Resolution. This process is independent of any criminal proceedings or other legal actions. The Title IX Coordinator may implement interim measures such as “no contact” orders when needed for the protection of a party and the community.
A panel of five individuals is appointed for hearing these matters. The parties will receive a list of these individuals before a hearing to ensure that no known conflicts of interest exist. The investigation process is conducted by an “impartial fact-finder.” This individual will gather evidence and testimony and produce an initial report summary.
Opposing parties will not both be present before the panel at the same time. Both the complainant and respondent are permitted to deliver opening statements. The Hearing Panel will then interview parties and hear witness testimony. The parties may submit relevant questions to be asked of other parties to the panel.
Ruling and Potential Sanctions
Hearing Panels will convene to deliberate on the evidence. The complaint is assessed using a preponderance of the evidence standard and decisions are made by majority vote. If the allegations are proven, the penalties that will be imposed are typically either suspension or dismissal from the school.
Parties are permitted to appeal a decision within five days. The grounds for an appeal that are acceptable include:
- An assertion that an error in procedure was made that impacted the ruling
- New facts have been discovered that are relevant to the matter
- The opposing party may issue a written response to any appeal
It is important for parties that are considering an appeal to receive assistance from an attorney. This will better ensure that your written appeals document is persuasive, compliant with the procedure, and quickly completed.
Experienced Title IX Attorney for Yale University Students
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