University Statement

Yale statement on Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations

The U.S. Department of Education today issued proposed regulations establishing minimum requirements for educational institutions to respond to sexual misconduct under Title IX. As the University reviews the proposal, we reaffirm Yale’s commitment to work to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment, to serve as a model for community engagement, education, and prevention, and to provide fair and effective processes for the adjudication of complaints.

The department’s proposed regulations are subject to a 60-day comment period. The higher education community will be commenting on the proposed regulations, with associations in Washington taking the lead. Following the comment period, the proposed regulations may be modified further based on comments received.  While it is unknown when a final rule will be issued, agencies often take many months, and sometimes more than a year, to consider comments and finalize a proposed rule.

If implemented, the regulations provide a baseline for compliance with federal law. Colleges and universities must also comply with state laws, and Connecticut requires, for example, use of a preponderance of the evidence standard for sexual assault and other offenses.

Beyond complying with its legal obligations, as a leading academic institution Yale is intent on creating and sustaining a community-wide culture of respect and inclusion, where all members feel safe and supported as they pursue their academic, professional, and personal aspirations.