May 15, 2013|By KELLY GLISTA, [email protected], The Hartford Courant
NEW HAVEN — Yale University is facing $165,000 in fines for failing to properly report campus crime statistics, including sex offenses, after a review by the U.S. Department of Education that began in 2004.
A letter from the DOE, dated April 19, said Yale will be fined for omitting two forcible sex offenses from 2001 and two from 2002, from the required Annual Security Reports.
The school also failed to properly include parts of Yale-New Haven Hospital in its definition of the campus, therefore failing to report some statistics from the hospital, the letter says. The review also found that the Annual Security Report for 2004 lacked required policy statements.
The security reports are mandated under the 1990 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act for all institutions that receive federal aid.
“The Clery Act violations identified at Yale are very serious and numerous,” the DOE letter states. “These failures endangered Yale’s students and employees who must be able to rely on the disclosures of campus crime statistics … to take precautions for their safety.”
Yale Press Secretary Thomas Conroy said the university supports the DOE’s mandate under the Clery Act, but believes the fines are not warranted.
“The university believes that the department’s imposition of maximum fines is not warranted based on the particular situations that resulted in findings of violations and, as a result, does not meaningfully advance the goals of the Clery Act,” Conroy said in an email statement.
Yale has asked that the education department reconsider and lower the fine, Conroy said.
In recent years, the university formed a committee as a primary mechanism to respond to sexual misconduct complaints. It also has also launched initiatives to battle sexual misconduct on campus, including a bystander intervention program required for sophomores this year and enlisting undergraduate peer educators who help students identify and prevent sexual misconduct.