Policies & Definitions

The university has policies that support equal opportunity and community standards that enhance your experience at Yale, as well as definitions of discrimination and harassment to help define unacceptable conduct. If you have any questions about Yale policies, staff in the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs are available to help you. 

Yale University’s Equal Opportunity Statement

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals on their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as required by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Read the full statement or click here for more information about promoting diversity and equal opportunity.

Definition of Discrimination

Discrimination means treating a student adversely based on sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression (“protected characteristics”), so as to interfere with or limit the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from any university program, activity or service.  

Definition of Harassment

Harassment means subjecting a student to objectively offensive, unwelcome conduct based on any of the protected characteristics, when such conduct (i) is severe, persistent, or pervasive and (ii) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the student’s work, academic performance, or participation in university activities, or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.  Harassment may be found in a single severe episode, as well as in persistent behavior. Harassment is evaluated using a “reasonable person” standard.

Yale University’s Sexual Misconduct Policies and Related Definitions

Yale’s Sexual Misconduct Policies and related definitions are available on the Sexual Misconduct Response website. 

Read Yale’s Sexual Misconduct Policies and Related Definitions.

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