Welcome

Yale strives to be a community free of sexual misconduct, by promoting the essential values of respect and responsibility, providing education, and working with students, faculty, and staff to create a community that is safe and supportive for all. Yale takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously.

Sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct can have a profound impact on one’s personal and academic life. The university strongly encourages those affected by sexual misconduct to seek help and support from any of the resources below and to take action, including pursuing a criminal or disciplinary complaint. If you are uncertain of your options or simply need help, call the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education (SHARE) Center at 203.432.2000.

  • Yale’s internal disciplinary board for complaints of sexual misconduct
  • Complainants can request advice and seek resolution and remedies
  • Handles both formal and informal complaints
  • Members include faculty, staff and students; supported by professional, independent fact-finders for investigations
  • 24-hour availability by phone and walk-in for confidential consultations regarding possible criminal action, including for off-campus students
  • Sergeant in charge of sensitive crimes
  • Victims’ assistance services available
  • Capacity for full criminal investigations
  • Senior Yale administrators who track and respond to incidents of gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct
  • Each coordinator is uniquely assigned to Yale College, the Graduate School and each professional school
  • Inform complainants of criminal, disciplinary, and remedial options
  • Assist in informal remedies
  • Initiate institutional action when necessary
  • 24-hour availability by phone and walk-in for all students (including non-Yale Health Plan members)
  • Strictly confidential
  • Consultations, counseling, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention
  • Services available for individuals concerned about their own sexual misconduct or potential for sexual aggression
  • Anonymous peer counseling hotline
  • Staffed by undergraduate volunteers
  • Hotline – 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Available to talk about all student issues
  • Familiar administrators and mentors, available to assist students with a wide range of issues
  • Can describe options and help students plan next steps
  • Will connect students with SHARE, UWC, and/or Title IX Coordinator
  • Undergraduate peer educators
  • Work with residential colleges and other student communities to promote a respectful, positive sexual climate
  • Help students identify and prevent sexual misconduct
  • Educators, not counselors—but can help guide students to the right resources
  • Will connect students with SHARE, UWC, and/or Title IX Coordinator; incidents will be reported to Title IX Coordinator
  • 24-hour availability by phone and walk-in
  • Located at 1 Union Avenue in New Haven
  • Victims’ assistance services available
  • Capacity for full criminal investigations

These conversations are all confidential and can be anonymous. Except in rare, extreme circumstances, nothing will be shared without your explicit permission.

These conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators and a Title IX coordinator so that the University can take action if necessary for reasons of safety. In planning any response, the wishes of the person are given full consideration.

Exploratory conversations are confidential. Police reports, with identifying information redacted, may be available to the public upon request.

Yale provides a range of services, resources, and mechanisms for victims of sexual misconduct. The options for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are described below.

Primary Resources
  Seeking Info & Support Obtaining Counseling Seeking Informal Remedies Bringing a Complaint Confidentiality Level
SHARE Center
Hotline: 203.432.2000
website
X X X
Provides advice & assistance
X
Provides advice & assistance
Strictly Confidential
University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct
203.432.4449
website
X   X X Mostly Confidential
Yale Police
203.432.4400
website
X     X Confidential according to state law
Title IX Coordinators
203.432.4446
website
X   X X Mostly Confidential
Other Supporting Resources
  Seeking Info & Support Obtaining Counseling Seeking Informal Remedies Bringing a Formal Complaint Confidentiality Level
Mental Health Services at Yale Health
203.432.0290
website
X X     Strictly Confidential
Walden Peer Counselors (Undergraduate)
203.432.TALK
website
X       Strictly Confidential

Deans of Students Affairs, Residential College Deans & Masters
more information

X       Mostly Confidential
Communications & Consent Educators (CCEs - Undergraduate)
website
X       Mostly Confidential
New Haven Police
203.946.6316
website
X     X Confidential according to state law

 
Seeking Informal Remedies

Examples of informal remedies include: shielding a student from ongoing contact with an individual; taking that individual out of a class or issuing an administrative no-contact order; assigning an individual to a different lab or other clinical setting; asking an administrative authority to speak to the individual to express serious concern about a behavior; reminding the individual of policies and definitions relating to sexual misconduct; offering counseling targeted to addressing sexual aggression; and reorganizing housing assignments so that students can feel safer. Informal remedies do not preclude formal discipline.

Bringing a Formal Complaint

Bringing a formal complaint will lead to an investigation and a hearing (in most cases), and can result in punitive outcomes. Filing a complaint is often the best way to seek protection from future harm. The student bringing the complaint retains considerable control, although not total, as the process unfolds.

 
Resources
  Seeking Info & Support Obtaining Counseling Seeking Informal Remedies Bringing a Complaint Confidentiality Level
Title IX Coordinators
203.432.4446
X   X X Mostly Confidential
Office for Equal Opportunity Programs
203.432.0853
X   X X Mostly Confidential
Your Supervisor or Department Head/Chair X       Mostly Confidential
Human Resources Generalist X   X X Mostly Confidential
University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct*
203.432.4449
X   X X Mostly Confidential
Yale Police
203.432.4400
X     X Confidential according to state law
Counseling & Support Services (formerly EAP - for personal counseling)
1.800.327.9240
  X     Strictly Confidential
New Haven Police
203.946.6316
X     X Confidential according to state law

*Faculty and staff may bring complaints against faculty and students to the UWC. The UWC does not hear complaints brought by faculty and staff against staff members. Staff and faculty with complaints of sexual misconduct against staff members should contact a Title IX Coordinator, a Human Resources Generalist, or the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs.

Confidentiality Level
  • Strictly Confidential
    These conversations are all confidential and can be anonymous. Except in rare, extreme circumstances, nothing will be shared without your explicit permission.
  • Mostly Confidential
    These conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators and a Title IX coordinator so that the University can take action if necessary for reasons of safety. In planning any response, the wishes of the person are given full consideration.
  • Confidential According to State Law
    Exploratory conversations are confidential. Police reports, with identifying information redacted, may be available to the public upon request.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Spangler, at 203.432.4446 or at titleix@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov