How are student penalties for sexual misconduct determined? Why are the penalties not more severe in some cases?

In cases where the UWC, through its formal complaint procedures, finds that sexual misconduct has been committed, penalties are levied based on a careful consideration of many variables including, but not limited to: the facts and circumstances of the case; the nature of the behavior in question; the associated risks and harms to the complainant and the broader community; any prior disciplinary action against the respondent; and precedents set in similar cases, if applicable. The expressed wishes of the complainant, if any, will also be given consideration.

In formulating its recommendations about discipline in a particular case, the UWC considers a full range of penalties, beginning with expulsion. Yale has imposed severe penalties, including expulsion and suspension, and will continue to do so when the circumstances warrant.