Yale Lists 29 Sexual-Assault Complaints in Semiannual Report

Yale University received 29 sexual-assault complaints in the six months through June, the highest number in the semiannual reports it has published since 2012.

Seven previously lodged complaints were updated in the current report, including two that resulted in the expulsion of two male students, the New Haven, Connecticut-based Ivy League school said in a Web post. The report’s 64 total complaints included 19 for sexual harassment.

Students at dozens of colleges across the country have filed complaints with the U.S. Education Department alleging their schools failed to comply with federal laws to prevent and appropriately respond to campus sexual assault. In a resolution reached with the Education Department in 2012, Yale agreed to take a number of steps to improve how it handles and reports allegations of sexual misconduct on campus.

A Yale committee found “sufficient evidence” to support allegations by two female undergrads that the expelled male students engaged in sexual intercourse without consent, according to the report dated Aug. 5.

It is “impossible” to conclude whether the 29 complaints reflect changes in the prevalence or in the reporting of sexual assault, defined as “any kind of nonconsensual sexual contact,” wrote Stephanie Spangler, a physician and deputy provost for health affairs and academic integrity. She said she’s encouraged that people are bringing complaints to the school’s attention.

“At the same time, we are mindful of the need to continue our efforts to develop a fuller understanding of the nature and prevalence of sexual misconduct at Yale and to fortify our actions to eliminate it.”

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