Reports of complaints of sexual misconduct are sparking concern among Yale students. This after the U.S. Department of education fined Yale University $155,000 for allegedly failing to respond to sexual harassment complaints on campus.
"I think it's pretty despicable," said Sarah Ginolfi, a Yale graduate student. "Actually I've lived in some rougher city for colleges and quite honest I feel safer walking around in the Bronx at 1 o'clock in the morning then I do here in New Haven."
"I think it's a good thing that it reminds the university there still problem," said Avanna Watendee.
Yale released its semi-annual report and listed 8 sexual assault complaints and 33 sexual harassment complaints.
Those complaints include everything from students making comments in a sexual nature, and engaging in non-consensual sex.
Yale University released this statement to News 8:
"Yale University does not tolerate rape or sexual misconduct of any kind."
Students News 8 spoke with say Yale has mandatory workshops raising awareness about sexual misconduct. They can also turn to SHARE, the sexual harassment and assault response and education center.
"I think the way that Yale deals with it is very professional," said a man who did not want to be identified. "I think that in the situation I've heard that people may need counseling I think everything has been dealt with a very professionally"
Yale students say in general they feel pretty safe with the emergency call boxes.... but more police presence wouldn't hurt.
"The call boxes don't make me feel very safe because if I need help immediately even a two-minute delay might be too late," Ginolfi said.
"More patrols would be a good thing, because it is reassuring when you see a call box, but even more reassuring when you see a Yale security guard," said Watendee.
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