The Department of Education is fining Yale $165,000 for underreporting sexual assault on campus. The fine is the result of a seven-year federal investigation prompted by a Yale alumni magazine article. It found the school failed to report four “forcible sex offenses” to the DOE in 2001 and 2002, as the 1990 Clery Act requires colleges to do. Having corrected its record and revised its reporting policy, Yale now says it will appeal the fine.
A University spokesperson told Businessweek the school believes the fine is too large, considering “the particular situations that resulted in findings of violations.” With Yale tuition and housing now at $58,600, the fine amounts to less than it costs one person to attend the school and is .0085 percent of its $19.3 billion endowment. We can probably expect to see more of this kind of story as student activists file Clery Act complaints at schools like Occidental, Swarthmore, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.