Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct encompasses a broad range of behaviors, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. Sexual misconduct is antithetical to the standards and ideals of our community, and it is a violation of Yale University policy and the disciplinary regulations of the Law School. 

There are several options for reporting a concern of sex- or gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct, with varying degrees of formality and confidentiality. Yale’s Title IX Office provides an overview of reporting options, as well as guidance for initiating each type of report. 

The Law School’s Title IX Coordinators are Associate Dean Jennifer Cerny and Assistant Director Caitlin Dougherty, though YLS students are invited to contact any of Yale’s Title IX coordinators for students. 


Career Development Office

The University's Sexual Misconduct policies apply to all members of the Yale community as well as to conduct by third parties directed toward students, faculty, or staff members. Conduct that occurs in the selection for employment is covered by Yale Law School's Placement Policies and Regulations (including the law school’s Nondiscrimination Policy), CDO's Employer Recruiting Policies, and National Association for Law Placement Principles and Standards (see CDO's section on interviewing).  For additional information about addressing concerning behavior by an interviewer or employer during your law school career, please see a CDO Counselor or a Title IX Coordinator.  Additional information can be found on CDO's website at Inappropriate Interviews and How to Handle Them.


Reporting Responsibilities

Faculty members, instructors, lecturers, teaching fellows, coaches, academic administrators, and others who have supervisory, advisory, or educational responsibility for Yale community members have Title IX reporting responsibilities. This includes Coker Fellows, Community Leaders, Orientation Leaders, Teaching Assistants, and Research Assistants. This also includes Journal, Clinic, and Student Organization leadership members when contacted in an official capacity. The Title IX Office provides guidance for individuals with reporting responsibilities.  


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