Yale encourages students to bring forth their concerns and has worked to enhance school-based and non-adversarial, dialogue-oriented responses. In many instances these mechanisms are effective in resolving concerns. The deans’ designees are available to assist students and resolve concerns through non-adversarial means. Students who, nonetheless, want to pursue a formal complaint may use the following procedures.
For more information about these procedures and whether they are applicable to your complaint and circumstances, please contact your dean’s designee, the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs or others with whom you feel comfortable. For graduate and professional students, your dean of student affairs is another good resource for determining your options. Yale College students may also consult 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 students to start 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, except in the case of formal complaints brought to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct. There are no time limits on raising complaints that seek informal resolutions.