Why aren’t all cases of sexual misconduct turned over to the police?

Any member of the Yale community may bring a complaint of sexual misconduct to the Yale Police Department. Additionally, the University reports to the YPD all complaints of sexual assault that it receives; advises any person who reports a sexual assault about the resources and assistance that the police can provide; and assists and supports individuals who choose to pursue their complaints through the criminal process. The YPD is subject to State requirements for investigating and responding to reports of crime. YPD officers are fully-sworn police, with full powers of law enforcement and arrest, and with special training in crimes of interpersonal violence.

When a student decides to turn to the police with a complaint of sexual misconduct, the University simultaneously conducts its own investigation of the allegation and takes appropriate action, as required by Title IX.