Title IX

New: November 16, 2018 University statement regarding Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations

The U.S. Department of Education today issued proposed regulations establishing minimum requirements for educational institutions to respond to sexual misconduct under Title IX. As the University reviews the proposal, we reaffirm Yale’s commitment to work to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment, to serve as a model for community engagement, education, and prevention, and to provide fair and effective processes for the adjudication of complaints. 

The Department’s proposed regulations are subject to a 60-day comment period. The higher education community will be commenting on the proposed regulations, with associations in Washington taking the lead. Following the comment period, the proposed regulations may be modified further based on comments received.  While it is unknown when a final rule will be issued,  agencies often take many months, and sometimes more than a year, to consider comments and finalize a proposed rule.  

If implemented, the regulations provide a baseline for compliance with federal law. Colleges and universities must also comply with state laws, and Connecticut requires, for example, use of a preponderance of the evidence standard for sexual assault and other offenses.

Beyond complying with its legal obligations, as a leading academic institution Yale is intent on creating and sustaining a community-wide culture of respect and inclusion, where all members feel safe and supported as they pursue their academic, professional, and personal aspirations. 

You can view the proposed regulations by clicking here.

Message to the Yale Community regarding the September 22, 2017 Department of Education Announcement

No person in the United States, on the basis of sex, shall be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex and gender discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive Federal financial assistance.

Yale University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex and gender. Yale provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in all aspects of the educational process, including in the areas of recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; sex-based harassment and misconduct; the needs of pregnant and parenting community members; discipline; and employment.

Who is responsible for ensuring Title IX compliance at Yale?

Stephanie Spangler, Deputy Provost for Health Affairs & Academic Integrity, is the University Title IX Coordinator.  Dr. Spangler oversees and provides leadership for the activities of the deputy Title IX coordinators, designated administrators and faculty who carry out investigations; coordinate resources; and faciliate interim measures, accommodations and remedies.  She also leads the university’s efforts in relation to campus climate, and oversees education and training campus-wide on sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.

Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the university’s Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Spangler, at 203-432-4446 or titleix@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617-289-0111, Fax: 617-289-0150, TDD: 800-877-8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.