HuffPo- Yale University faces a fine of $165,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for “serious and numerous” Clery Act violations, including failing to report forcible sex offenses. Yale failed to report a total of four forcible sex offenses in its campus crime statistics for 2001 and 2002, according to an April 19 letter from Mary E. Gust, director of administrative actions and appeals service group at the DOE. As a result, the department is fining the university $27,500 for each offense, the letter said. The Connecticut Ivy League university also received a $27,500 fine for failing to include seven required policy statements in its annual crime reports, and another $27,500 for not including crime statistics from Yale-New Haven Hospital in its annual campus crime data. The Clery Act is a federal law requiring colleges to disclose campus crime data and issue safety alerts. Forcible sex offenses under the Clery Actinclude rape, fondling and sexual assault. Yale has since revised its policies, but the department again noted it did not excuse the Clery Act violations, and the university must pay a total of $165,000. Under the Clery Act, the maximum fine for failing to report an on-campus crime was $27,500 in 2002. The maximum was increased to $35,000 in 2012.
Obviously no one is endorsing rape on college campuses. Or rape in general for that matter. Because that’s bad news. But Yale was basically asking for this. “Oh well we’re ranked in the Top 10 on US News and World Report. Nothing bad can happen here. What happens at the Ivies stays in the Ivies. #YOYO” I know having an endowment like Yale essentially makes you a rich white kid whose parents will bail you out of any trouble you get into, but still, have a little bit of common sense. If Yale really wanted to get out of this they could blame literally every single crime on the fact they they decided to have a school in fucking New Haven. Someone died? New Haven. People got fondled in the quad? New Haven. A group of Native Americans stormed the Skull and Bones Society to reclaim their ancestor’s skull? New Haven. For a supposedly smart school deciding to pay $150,00 to cover this shit up is dumb as rocks.