To the Yale Community:
I write to inform you that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has closed its investigation into Yale’s compliance with Title IX, with no findings of noncompliance. This investigation, which began in March 2011, was based upon a complaint brought by a group of students and alumni alleging that a sexually hostile environment existed on Yale’s campus.
Yale has voluntarily agreed with OCR that it will continue to maintain the many improvements in our programs addressing sexual misconduct to which we have committed our efforts over the past years. As you know, we have augmented resources in SHARE and in other administrative areas to provide guidance and support to those affected by sexual misconduct; we have expanded our education, communications and outreach efforts to prevent sexual misconduct; we have implemented a new University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct to address complaints; and we have strengthened our Title IX Program under the leadership of Stephanie Spangler, Deputy Provost.
This investigation is concluded, but our work is by no means done. As I have stated before, sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. It is inimical to Yale’s values, and it has no place on our campus or in our culture. It is up to each and every member of our community to understand and reinforce these shared values. No one – student, faculty, or staff – should be subjected to sexual misconduct; and we will respond swiftly, effectively, and fairly should improper conduct occur.
I wish to thank the many members of the Yale Community who have given their time and energy to improving our campus culture, whether through conducting education, training and outreach; working on the University-Wide Committee; counseling individuals; serving in the Title IX coordinator program; or contributing in many other ways. And again I wish to thank our external blue ribbon panel led by former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall (YLS ‘76) for the committee’s broad and searching report issued last fall, which provided invaluable guidance to us in identifying ways to improve and maintain a campus climate safe and supportive to all.
Richard C. Levin