Title IX at Yale F&ES

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) is committed to providing an environment that is rooted in mutual respect and free from sexual misconduct of any type. Together our community takes responsibility for its institutional culture and strives to create a place where all individuals feel safe and supported.

What is Yale’s definition of sexual misconduct?

Sexual misconduct incorporates a range of behaviors including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of sexual nature that is nonconsensual or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. Also see Yale Sexual Misconduct Policies and Related Definitions.

Who can I talk to if I am involved in a sexual misconduct incident, or witnessed one?

Whether a survivor, a respondent, or a witness, there are University resources available to help. These offices and staff work closely together to support the needs and well-being of our community members:

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  • Sexual Harassment & Assault Response Center (SHARE) offers counseling and assistance for members of the Yale Community. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 203-432-2000.
  • Title IX Coordinators are senior administrators and faculty members throughout Yale. They can answer questions/concerns related to sexual misconduct, coordinate resources, accommodations and remedies, and investigate complaints to the degree possible consistent with the complainant’s wishes. The Title IX Coordinator for F&ES is Alyssa Student, 203-432-4247, Kroon Hall, Room 104.
  • Yale Police consists of trained, sworn police officers, including a Sensitive Crime and Support Coordinator. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached directly at 203-432-4400. 
  • University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC), Yale’s internal disciplinary board, is available to assist with filing a formal complaint or answering questions and concerns about sexual misconduct. The UWC can also link individuals to other resources. 

Who has reporting responsibilities at Yale?

Faculty members, instructors, lecturers, teaching fellows/assistants, coaches, academic administrators (deans, lead administrators, etc.), and others who have an official supervisory or educational role over Yale students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), including communication and consent educators, pre-orientation leaders, tutors, and proctors, are considered mandatory reporters. More information on being a mandatory reporter and the role’s expectations can be found on the Yale's Procedures for Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities page, and the Guidance and FAQs for Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities document

What are the options for reporting a complaint?

F&ES encourages all members of the community to seek assistance for any incident that involves sexual misconduct. There are three options for reporting at F&ES – anonymous, informal and formal. These three options ensure that the individual sharing their experience can select a reporting path best suited to their particular situation.
 

  • Informal and Formal Reporting

    Reporting can sound intimidating, but it is simply a conversation that allows one to talk about the incident that occurred, options, and resources. Yale offers members of the community both an informal and formal reporting process. For more information, please visit Yale’s Ways to Report webpage
     
  • Anonymous Reporting 

    Individuals within the Yale F&ES community who would like to anonymously report an incident may do so by filling out the F&ES anonymous report form. Information included in the form is sent anonymously to the F&ES Title IX Coordinator, Alyssa Student, and is shared confidentially with the Dean, Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean of Student Services. Please note that no further action will be taken after receiving the form unless requested. Anonymous reports are used to gather information about incidences of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment at Yale F&ES. The data compiled is used to inform the community about our campus climate. 
 

Sexual Assault Facts, Education and Training at Yale F&ES (SAFETY)

At F&ES, sexual assault education and training for members of our community is of the utmost importance. The school’s Title IX Coordinator works with members of the Title IX Working Group and F&ES staff members to ensure individuals such as staff, faculty and TAs are adequately trained in the area of sexual misconduct each year. Some of the trainings and workshops currently offered at F&ES include: 
  • F&ES Bystander Training "Step In"
  • Incoming Student Title IX Workshop
  • Staff and Faculty Training
  • TA Training
  • MODs TA Training

F&ES Title IX Working Group

In the spring of 2018 F&ES formed a Title IX Working Group chaired by Alyssa Student, F&ES’s Title IX Coordinator. The working group is made up of students, staff and faculty charged with advising the community on policies, programming and resources. If you are interested in joining the group, or have suggestions, please stop by Alyssa’s office in Kroon Hall, Room 104. 
 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the F&ES Title IX Coordinator:
Alyssa Student

203-432-4247
Kroon Hall, Room 104
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