• Petitioned Peter Salovey
  • Responded

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President of Yale University
Peter Salovey
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Dean of Yale College
Mary Miller
Deputy Provost for Health Affairs, Yale University
Stephanie Spangler
Chair of University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct
Michael Della Rocca

Punish rape and other acts of so-called "nonconsensual sex" with expulsion

    1. Samuel Ward-Packard
    2. Petition by

      Samuel Ward-Packard

      New Haven, CT

No university should award degrees to individuals it knows to have committed acts of sexual violence. That an institution as renowned as Yale would do so is both astounding and disgusting. Please sign our petition calling on Yale to make expulsion the standard punishment for students who commit rape or other acts of serious sexual violence.

BACKGROUND

On July 31, 2013, Yale University issued its semi-annual "Report of Complaints of Sexual Misconduct," which can be read here.

This report included passages such as the following: "A YC student brought a formal complaint to the UWC charging that two YC students had engaged in nonconsensual sex with her. The UWC found a violation of the University’s sexual misconduct policy. Written reprimands were issued to the respondents and measures were taken to limit contact between the parties."

In response to national criticism, Yale released a statement on August 2nd, which can be read here.

 This report included the following claim: "...the range of penalties described in these reports reflects our readiness to impose harsh sanctions when the findings warrant them."

Yet the harshest penalty given to an undergraduate found by the university to have engaged in “nonconsensual sex” was two semesters’ suspension. Most punishments took the form of administrative wrist slaps--either written reprimands, or mandatory counseling.

Please help us make it clear to Yale University that in instances of sexual violence, neither two semesters' suspension nor written reprimands constitute sufficiently harsh punishment.

To:
Peter Salovey, President of Yale University
Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College
Stephanie Spangler, Deputy Provost for Health Affairs, Yale University
Michael Della Rocca, Chair of University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct
We, the undersigned, demand that Yale University make expulsion the standard punishment for rape and other acts of so-called "nonconsensual sex."

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. President Salovey's Response

      Samuel Ward-Packard
      Petition Organizer

      In his response to our petition below, President Salovey makes several important concessions. The most significant one reads: “It is evident that Yale’s report must be more descriptive about what is meant by ‘nonconsensual sex,’ and more information should be made available to advise the community about the basis for penalties.” He follows this with a commitment to publish by September 1st a set of “scenarios...to illustrate circumstances that might be considered nonconsensual and their bearing on potential penalties.”

      Though this clarification will certainly be most welcome, it remains the case that none of the individuals found in this semester’s report to have committed acts of sexual violence were expelled, and that the vast majority were punished exceptionally lightly. Even if “nonconsensual sex” turns out not to be synonymous with rape--a revelation I, for one, remain very skeptical of--this state of affairs is unacceptable.

    3. Decision-maker Peter Salovey responds:

      Peter Salovey

      To the signers of this petition:
      I am reaching out to you directly to reassure you that sexual violence or misconduct of any kind is not tolerated at Yale. To provide you with additional information, I thought you might be interested in ...


    4. Reached 250 signatures

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    • jelena vukas PURMEREND, NETHERLANDS
      • 5 months ago

      On the grounds of humanity, no person should be subject to the extreme physiological and psychological violence that rape is.

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    • Annie Titan JELLYBEANS, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      There should be no tolerance whatsoever for rape. I've always dearly respected Yale but this crosses the line. Expel anyone who commits rape.

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    • stephen landau WORCESTER, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      this is a serious & all too common crime.

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    • DOUGLAS SHAW ADDISON, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      RAPE AND YOU ARE OUT OF THERE.

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    • Teresa Joy Nichols SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Sex crimes are devastating. Justice must be served by treating sex abusers as criminals.

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