Administrators have launched a new website detailing the resources available for students responding to discrimination and harassment on campus.
University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews announced the website, which is titled “Student Discrimination and Harassment Reporting & Response,” in a University-wide email Monday afternoon. It follows demands from student activists last semester for clearer mechanisms to address behavior that may violate the University’s nondiscrimination policies, and a Nov. 17 email from University President Peter Salovey titled “Toward a Better Yale,” promising to do just that.
According to Goff-Crews, the administration has started to review existing procedures this semester and will consider importing successful mechanisms from other universities. Additionally, Goff-Crews said the administration has enlisted the help of leaders in the Yale College Council, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate to better incorporate student voices into the process.
“This new website marks another step in our work [toward a more inclusive Yale],” Goff-Crews wrote in her email. “You will find information on reporting, seeking guidance and advice and resolving situations that raise concerns about discrimination or harassment. Trained staff will assist students with their options.”
Sectioned off according to different possible scenarios, the website reaffirms Yale’s commitment to equal opportunity and diversity. It provides information about informal and formal processes for reporting, discussing and filing complaints about discrimination and harassment. It also explains University policies, state and federal laws and existing campus resources, such as the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education Center and the Mental Health and Counseling department.
“This website, and the review of policies and procedures related to reporting discrimination or harassment, are part of our University’s ongoing work toward a more inclusive Yale,” Goff-Crews wrote in her email. “I look forward to hearing from you as we continue to refine the website to provide clear and helpful information.”
At the end of her email, Goff-Crews included an online feedback form through which students can directly send their comments about the site.