NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University officials say 49 complaints of sexual harassment and other misconduct were brought to their attention in the first six months of this year and nearly a fourth of the cases involved allegations against faculty.
The 12 complaints against faculty included inappropriate remarks and unwanted physical contact with students; some allegations were substantiated and others were not, the report said. Teachers were counseled about appropriate conduct, received training and, in a few cases, disciplinary warnings.
The Ivy League university this week issued its second semi-annual report on complaints of sexual misconduct. The first report covered the second half of last year and cited 52 complaints.
The reports are among steps Yale has taken in recent years to address sexual misconduct. In the past, Yale issued annual reports that covered only the undergraduate school and focused on all types of infractions. The new reports cover the entire university and focus on sexual misconduct, officials said.
Last year, students filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, citing incidents in which fraternities held up a sign saying "We love Yale sluts" outside a women's center and chanted "no means yes" on campus. The federal agency in June said it has resolved the complaint that Yale failed to properly respond to sexual harassment.
Department officials raised concerns with how complaints were handled in the past but praised the steps the university has taken. Yale officials said they were pleased the investigation did not find any noncompliance.
The latest sexual misconduct report also updated five cases from the previous report. In one, a faculty member received a two-year suspension without pay after a student claimed he violated the consensual relations policy and the teacher admitted the violation.
A male student accused of physically restraining a female student was expelled, according to the report, which cited a history of similar conduct by the student. Another student received a four-semester suspension and was barred from campus after allegations that he intimidated a female student were substantiated, the report said. Also, a staff member was fired after sexual harassment allegations were substantiated.
Stephanie Spangler, deputy provost for health affairs who released the report Tuesday, says she has been asked how many complaints the university would expect.
"My answer to that question is that we aspire to have no complaints in the report, but only if and when the campus is truly free of sexual misconduct," Spangler wrote. "Until that time, it is my hope that this report and related university initiatives will encourage those who feel they have been impacted by acts of sexual misconduct to make use of the resources and procedures available to address their complaints and that all members of the university community will continue to work together to create an environment of respect and responsibility where there is no place for sexual misconduct."
Yale says it began implementing a grievance procedure through its University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct before last year's complaint. Also, the school says, it sought review of the campus climate by an outside panel, streamlined administrative processes, introduced or enhanced education and training programs and supplemented counseling and prevention resources.
Russlynn Ali, the federal education department's assistant secretary for civil rights, said in June that students were confused by the process, that records of complaints and their outcomes were not adequately kept and that students were not made aware of resources available to them.
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