File a Formal Complaint

Students may pursue resolution of incidents of discrimination or harassment through the processes outlined below. For information about these procedures and whether they are applicable to your complaint and circumstances, please contact the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs or the dean of student affairs in your school. Yale College students may also contact their residential college deans or heads of college for assistance in accessing the appropriate resources.

Most of the procedures available to address student complaints encourage starting with informal resolution, as matters can often be addressed through conversation or mediation. However, an informal approach is not appropriate in all circumstances and is not necessary for bringing a formal complaint. Note that the formal complaint procedures require that formal complaints must be filed within 45 days after the action complained of. There are not time limits on raising informal complaints. 


Making a complaint against another student

Students with complaints of discrimination or harassment against other students, other than complaints of sexual misconduct, should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, or speak with their dean of student affairs to talk about the nature of the incident or situation and to discuss whether the matter is appropriate for disciplinary action under the school’s disciplinary policies and procedures. (Yale College students may also speak with their residential college deans or heads of college for assistance in accessing the appropriate resources.) Students may use the President’s Procedure (see below) if they have a complaint against another student that is related to racial or ethnic harassment.

Making a complaint against a member of the faculty or administration of your school

Students may use A Dean’s Procedure for Student Complaints to make a complaint against a member of the faculty or administration in their schools. This procedure may be used for all types of complaints against faculty and administrators, including those alleging discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. (Complaints about sexual misconduct should be referred to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct; see below.) Some schools have adopted school-specific versions of this procedure. Please consult your dean of student affairs for your school’s version of the Dean’s Procedure. Yale College students may also consult their residential college deans or heads of college. 

Making a complaint against a member of the faculty or administration in another school (or who is not under the authority of the dean of your school)

Students may use the Provost’s Procedure for Student Complaints to make a complaint against a member of the faculty or administration or an employee that is not under the authority of the dean of their school, such as against faculty, administrators, or employees in another school of the university. This procedure may be used for all types of complaints including those related to race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. (Complaints about sexual misconduct should be referred to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct; see below.)

Making a complaint against any member of the Yale community related specifically to racial or ethnic harassment

Students may use the President’s Procedure for Addressing Students’ Complaints of Racial or Ethnic Harassment to make a complaint related to racial or ethnic harassment against any member of the Yale community. Students may contact a member of the President’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Harassment to initiate this procedure. 

Making a complaint related to sexual misconduct

Students with complaints related to sexual misconduct are encouraged to speak with SHARE or with a Title IX Coordinator to understand their options. The formal complaint mechanism for hearing such complaints is the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC). The UWC has jurisdiction over most members of the Yale community, including faculty, non-union staff, and students.