After coming under fire last year for allowing an environment where sexual harassment and assault complaints were prevalent and unaddressed, Yale agreed to institute new policies and reporting procedures to combat the problem. They released their first report which showed the University received 49 complaints of sexual harassment and assault.
Nearly a fourth of the harassment claims involved faculty. The allegations include unwanted physical touching of students. Some of the allegations could be substantiated while others could not. Faculty received training and instruction and those who violated the conduct code have been disciplined. One staff member was fired for sexual harassment.
Several students were also disciplined. One student was expelled for restraining a female student and the report stated he had a history of this behavior.
Last year, students filed a complaint with the Department of Education stating the University allowed a hostile environment by ignoring sexual misconduct on their campus. The final straw for students was an event on the campus where fraternities held up sexually- charged and offensive signs which said, “We love Yale Sluts,” and “no means yes.”
Yale agreed to revamp their sexual misconduct practices and institute a new reporting policy in order to combat the widespread problem. The Department commended their policy changes.
When people think of sexual harassment they usually think of work, but it is possible on a college campus. Regardless of whether you are on a college campus or at work sexual harassment creates a hostile environment, making the victim fell degraded and causing them emotional distress. With a sexual harassment attorney it is possible for the target of misconduct to seek compensation.