Title IX coordinator responsibilities include:
- Addressing any immediate concerns related sex- or gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct;
- Connecting individuals with appropriate resources, providing information regarding options available for further action , and helping to facilitate those actions;
- Tracking and monitoring complaints;
- Coordinating the University’s response to each complaint; and
- Where appropriate, conducting investigations .
The Title IX coordinators also work closely with the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Center (SHARE) Center, the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC), and the Yale Police Department (YPD).
Together, the coordinators play an integral role in carrying out the University’s commitment to provide a positive learning, teaching and working environment for the entire community.
Whats steps can a coordinator take to address concerns?
Coordinators can put various measures in place to address complainants’ safety concerns, mitigate the impact of sexual misconduct and sex- or gender-based discrimination, and address a potentially hostile climate. Many of these steps can be taken even if someone does not choose to pursue a formal complaint. For example, coordinators may be able to change on-campus housing or work locations, arrange for extra time to complete academic or work assignments, provide security escorts, or arrange for counseling as appropriate. Coordinators can also implement an agreement requiring the complainant and respondent to refrain from direct contact. Respondents may also agree to other steps, such as having their own housing, work, or classroom locations changed, and avoiding specific areas of campus. As well as these individually-focused measures, other steps may be taken to address climate concerns such as sexual harassment training for departments or groups.
What else do coordinators do?
In addition to responding to and addressing specific complaints, coordinators track and monitor incidents to identify patterns or systemic issues, coordinate the available resources and support processes, deliver prevention and educational programming to the University community, and conduct periodic assessments of the campus climate and, when indicated, focused climate assessments of specific departments or units.
Contacting a coordinator
Any current or former student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex- or gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX coordinator.
Contact a coordinator if you:
- Wish to understand your options if you have bee affected by sex-based discrimination or sexual misconduct;
- Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
- Seek guidance on possible measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
- Have questions about Yale’s policies and procedures.
Coordinators can also provide guidance on filing a formal complaint through the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC) or a police report with the Yale Police Department.
How to reach a coordinator
The names and contact information for all the Title IX coordinators are posted on this website. Anyone can call or email any coordinator with concerns—no matter how big or small—about a specific incident or the campus sexual climate in general. Sometimes, information comes to coordinators from friends, colleagues, or witnesses. In those cases, coordinators reach out to potential complainants, who can choose whether they want to engage in further discussion with the coordinator. Coordinators are also able to suggest resources to support and advise respondents.
What happens during a conversation with a coordinator?
Coordinators usually meet with people in person, but sometimes conversations happen by phone, email, or Zoom. Initially, coordinators focus on complainants’ immediate concerns, especially safety, emotional well-being, and professional or academic requirements. Complainants do not need to describe their experiences in detail; they may choose to do so, but it is not necessary. Often, there are steps that can be taken—connecting someone with SHARE, shifting a class assignment, establishing a no-contact agreement, etc.— that can have immediate positive impact. Coordinators describe the full range of options and resources available for pursuing formal and criminal complaints, so that complainants can make a well-informed decision about next steps. Coordinators work closely with the SHARE Center, the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC), Human Resources, and the Yale Police Department, and can coordinate efforts to respond to complainants’ needs and decisions.
Title IX coordinators will not share identifying information about a complaint with anyone beyond the Title IX office without a complainant’s permission, except in the rare event of an immediate or ongoing threat to your safety or community safety. In cases of sexual assault or other criminal conduct, Title IX coordinators will share non-identifying details about the incident with the Yale Police Department for statistical purposes as required by the federal Clery Act, and will advise you about the resources and assistance that the police can provide.
You may ask that a complaint be pursued without revealing your name or other identifying details. Your request will be accommodated to the extent possible, but an anonymous complaint on its own cannot be the basis for disciplinary action. In situations where a confidentiality request limits an investigation or prevents the University from taking direct disciplinary action, the University will take other reasonable steps to minimize the effects of the reported misconduct and to prevent its recurrence. You may also ask that a complaint not be pursued. In the rare event of an immediate or ongoing threat, the University may need to take additional action to protect your safety and the safety of others.