Staff in the following offices work within the Yale community to promote respect, inclusivity, diversity, and equal opportunity, and are available to talk through situations you have witnessed or experienced, as well as provide guidance. When you have concerns or questions, you have a wide range of choices for support. You can reach out to a dean’s designee or can talk with others, such as your residential college dean, dean of student affairs, or the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs. If you’d like to talk with someone about sexual misconduct or gender discrimination, you should reach out directly to the Title IX Coordinator of your school or the Title IX office. The Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention website is a helpful resource for additional questions or concerns about sexual misconduct. Concerns brought to university chaplains in their professional roles or to the SHARE Center will remain strictly confidential, except in rare, extreme circumstances. Other administrators will maintain the confidentiality of student complaints as much as possible consistent with the nature of the concerns and your goals in the process.
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Deans’ designees have been identified by Yale College and the dean of each school. Dean’s designees are available to offer advice and guidance to students raising concerns about discrimination and harassment, and if appropriate, facilitate informal resolutions of concerns students raise. Dean’s designees also are able to describe the formal grievance processes available to students.
Office for Equal Opportunity Programs
Staff in the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs are trained professionals ready to discuss any incident or concern regarding equal opportunity, racial or sexual harassment, race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. Members of the office can explain your options for handling an incident and help you navigate informal and formal options for reporting and resolving an act of discrimination.
You may contact Valarie Stanley in the Office for Equal Opportunity for more information.
SHARE Center staff are trained mental health professionals who can help students and other members of the Yale community deal with concerns related to sexual misconduct. SHARE Center staff can talk with you over the phone or in person at any time of day or night. Consultations are confidential and can also be made anonymously if you wish. SHARE Center counselors can help you process your experiences, navigate options for filing complaints or charges, and ensure that you receive care and support.
University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct
The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct is the internal disciplinary board which addresses allegations of sexual misconduct of every kind. It is available to students, faculty and staff, as described in the UWC procedures. The committee consists of approximately forty students, faculty, and administrative members drawn from throughout the university.
Title IX Coordinators
Title IX Coordinators are administrators or faculty members who are knowledgeable about, and can provide information on, all options for complaint resolution regarding sexual misconduct and sex-based discrimination. Additional information about Yale’s policies, procedures and resources to address sexual misconduct is provided in this digital booklet.
Chaplains at the Yale University Chaplain’s Office are a resource for undergraduate, graduate and professional students regardless of religious or spiritual denomination. Chaplains are available to support you in all aspects of your life. There is always a Chaplain available to talk with about impactful life events and concerns, including those about discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.
Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity
OGSDD staff and fellows build a supportive community for graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. In addition to helping you with your academic pursuits, the OGSDD director and fellows can meet with you to address any concern you might have about life at Yale. The Director often meets with students individually to listen and help address concerns. Diversity Fellows serve as peer advisors for students to help them navigate any challenges they experience as well as answer questions and direct them to additional resources.
Office of LGBTQ Resources
Staff in the Office of LGBTQ Resources support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, questioning, and allied community at Yale through a variety of programs and services. Staff in the office are available for one-on-one meetings to discuss ideas, concerns, or any aspect of life at Yale, including discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Contact the office for an appointment or drop by during scheduled office hours.
President's Committee on Racial and Ethnic Harassment
The President’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Harassment has existed for many years as an alternative university-wide procedure available to any student who believes that any other member of the Yale community has harassed them because of race or ethnic origin. Although the formal process is called upon only rarely, this additional avenue of recourse reflects Yale’s commitment to maintaining a racially and ethnically diverse community in which all members can expect fair treatment.
Yale Cultural Centers
The Cultural Centers at Yale foster a sense of cultural identity and educate people in the larger community. They also act as optional social centers and community bases for students of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, supplementing the social environment of the larger, pluralistic Yale College community. The cultural centers provide access to resources that may help navigate the wealth of support programming and initiatives Yale has to offer. These resources include the Intercultural Affairs Council and Peer Liaisons.
Afro-American Cultural Center (Af-Am)
Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)
La Casa Cultural, Latino Cultural Center
Native American Cultural Center (NACC)
Yale Police Department (YPD)
The Yale Police Department works closely with Yale staff and administrators to support students who have been victims of crime or sexual misconduct. The Department works closely with other resources at Yale, including the SHARE Center, Title IX Coordinators, and the University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct. The Yale Police Investigative Unit is available around the clock, and officers are available to help you via phone or walk-in confidential consultations. The YPD has a Sergeant in charge of sensitive crimes and can provide assistance and information on available victims’ assistance services. The YPD also has the capacity to perform full criminal investigations.
The YPD takes very seriously its obligation to investigate all allegations of police misconduct and will take appropriate action when warranted. The process for reporting any complaint against any member of the department is simple and straightforward. Community members should contact Yale Police (203-432-4400) and request to see a supervisory officer. A supervisor will respond and take the initial complaint, which most often can be resolved expeditiously at that level. Should any complaint require additional investigation, the matter will be referred to the Office of the Chief, which will assign the matter for investigation.
If you feel threatened or unsafe, call the Yale Police or 911 (for emergencies) immediately.