Aug 21, 2013
03:59 AMThe Connecticut Story
Yale Students Against Sexual Violence Group Demands Changes
A new student group is urging Yale University to take stronger action in dealing with sexual misconduct on campus.
Students Against Sexual Violence at Yale will meet with university officials next week to propose a range of policy changes, including harsher measures against repeat offenders. The group, which includes survivors of sexual assault, sent an open letter to Yale President Peter Salovey, outlining a series of “demands.”
“There will be pushback on some of this, I’m sure, but we’re grateful for the opportunity to have this discussion,” said Yale sophomore Emma Goldberg, a member of the student group. “There is definitely a desire to get concrete action.”
The effort comes after public outcry over Yale’s most recent report on sexual misconduct. Since, 2011, Yale has released semi-annual reports outlining incidents of alleged sexual misconduct from the previous six months, as well as the status of prior investigations.
The latest report included cases in which six students were given either written reprimands or a suspension after allegedly committing acts of sexual assault. Overall, the report included eight instances of sexual assault and 33 complaints of sexual harassment in the first half of 2013.