Condemn University for Lenient Sexual Assault Policies


Target: President of Yale University, Peter Salovey

Goal: Condem Yale University for lax sexual assault policies and demand immediate reforms.

Yale University is being criticized for its lax sexual assault policies. The university had not issued out any expulsions for sexual assault offenders. Instead it has simply given them a punishment that would be considered by most people a slap on the wrist. For example, according to a Think Progress article, out of six convicted students only one was suspended, four were given written reprimands, and one was required to enroll in a “gender sensitivity” course. There should be zero tolerance for such behaviors, and the minimal punishment should be expulsion. A prestigious college like Yale should know better than to accept anything less. Sexual assault is a felony in civil court and should be treated as such in a college of higher education. It is absurd that students even need to protest against such egregious violations of social justice.

Its long track record of incredibly lax sexual assault policies has caused it to become the subject of  multiple federal investigations. As a result it has been fined multiple times for federal violations on the lack of sexual assault incident disclosures to the authorities. The most recent investigation comes from a complaint in 2011, in which 15 female students filed a complaint because they felt threatened by the “hostile sexual environment” and that the university was not doing anything to remedy the problem. To substantiate their claims a video was presented. It showed a fraternity group holding a sign saying “We love Yale Sluts.” They also chanted “No Means Yes. Yes means anal.” Such sexual deviate behaviors should not be tolerated.  Two years later, the university still has not proven that it has taken a hard line against offenders.

Sign this petition to voice your discontent with the status quo on Yale’s lenient sexual assault policies. Demand it to stop sweeping these serious offenses under the rug and present immediate reforms. The best and the brightest should not be exempt from just punishments.


Dear Mr. Salovey,

Higher education institutions should all have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual assaults. Inadequate action and silence, in response to years of criticism, is not an approach towards progress. Your female students did not pay an annual $50,000 tuition for their university to neglect their safety by putting up an ineffectual deterrent against sexual assault. By ignoring the issue, your university is becoming increasingly culpable for these injustices. Serious crimes against women should not be put on the back burner.

It would be a prudent decision to reform your attitudes towards sexual assault by making the offense punishable by expulsion. Cooperation and transparency would be greatly appreciated.


[Your Name Here]

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