Petition Update

President Salovey's Response

Samuel Ward-Packard
New Haven, CT

Aug 5, 2013 — 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.