Yale and Feds Settle Title IX Claims involving allegations of sexual harassment on campus.
Yale University has agreed to promote responsible drinking, address hazing and initiations and assess the climate on campus, resolving accusations that the school had a sexually hostile environment.
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that it reached an agreement with the Ivy League over the complaint a group of about 16 students filed in March 2011.
That complaint was filed months after members of the Yale chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon stood outside the university’s Women’s Center on the Old Campus and shouted "No means yes," and other derogatory remarks aimed at women.
The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education investigated and determined that the school was proactive and voluntarily changed procedures and practices.
"The University is pleased that the Office of Civil Rights has closed its Title IX investigation without any finding of non-compliance by Yale. We are gratified that OCR has recognized Yale's extensive efforts and ongoing commitment to prevent and address sexual misconduct," Yale said in a statement.
A letter from the U.S. Department of Education to the school sent on June 15 says the investigative phase is closed.
Part of the agreement is for Yale to continue to improve and publicize university resources and programming aimed at responding to and preventing sexual harassment and violence.
The university will also evaluate the success of providing an environment for students that is free of sexual harassment and violence.
“Sexual violence and harassment have no place in our nation’s schools,” Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights said in a statement. “Every student must have a fair chance to a high quality education, but sexual harassment and violence far too often deny students their right to an equal education. I applaud the steps Yale has taken and has agreed to take to address immediate concerns and to put systems in place to help prevent future Title IX discrimination. We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with Yale to better ensure a safe and supportive environment for all students.”
While the complaint is resolved, Thomas Hibino, regional director for U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, said in a letter to Yale that the students who filed the complaint might have the right to file a private lawsuit in federal court.