Yale Forms Committee To Address Sexual Misconduct Complaints

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Yale University has created a committee to address allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct as federal officials investigate a complaint by students that the Ivy League university failed to adequately respond to such concerns.

Yale officials said the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct will begin July 1 and make it simpler for students and faculty to pursue complaints.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights confirmed last week it would investigate a complaint by students alleging Yale has a sexually hostile environment and failed to respond promptly or effectively to harassment incidents.

Yale said it will cooperate with the investigation and does not tolerate sexual harassment or other misconduct.

Yale officials said the process that led to the committee began a couple of years ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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