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June-02-11

Yale Faces Possible Fines for Failure to Report Sex Crimes

Yale University may be fined or experience funding cuts for failing to include a complete list of sex crimes that occurred at the university in its annual report to the government. Moreover, according to the US Department of Education, Yale did not issue timely notifications regarding incidents that potentially posed a threat to members of the university community. Yale is the recipient of hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

Yale University is currently under federal investigation for violating Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination, violence, and harassment, based on the claims filed by 16 Yale students claiming that the university is a sexually hostile environment. Lisa Maatz, director of public policy and government relations for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), remarked, "Yale right now is in a world of hurt in terms of campus climate. Clearly they have some issues going back several years."

Yale University Dean Mary Miller announced in May that the university's chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity will be suspended after its pledged chanted "no means yes, yes means anal" at an initiation event last fall. DKE will be barred from holding any activities on Yale's campus for five years. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are both former members of this DKE chapter.



Media Resources: Norwich Bulletin 6/1/11; Statement of Yale University 5/23/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/19/11