Title IX at Yale School of the Environment

Note: COVID-19
SHARE Center counselors will continue to be available 24/7 at 203-432-2000 for counseling and support related to sexual misconduct or other Title-IX related matter while on-campus learning and workplace restrictions related to the coronavirus are in place. The Title IX office continues to serve the Yale community as well. Please call 203-432-6854 or email titleix@yale.edu.

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
If you have any questions, please contact the YSE Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

The Yale School of the Environment (YSE) is committed to providing an environment that is rooted in mutual respect and free from sexual misconduct of any type. Together our community takes responsibility for its institutional culture and strives to create a place where all individuals feel safe and supported.

What is Yale’s definition of sexual misconduct?

Sexual misconduct incorporates a range of behaviors including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of sexual nature that is nonconsensual or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person.

Yale’s policies and definitions in relation to sexual misconduct apply to all members of the Yale Community, regardless of their sex or gender.

Who can I talk to if I am involved in a sexual misconduct incident, or witnessed one?

Whether a survivor, respondent or someone who witnessed sexual misconduct of any kind, there are University resources and offices available to help. These offices and their staff work closely together to support the needs and well-being of our community members.

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  • Sexual Harassment & Assault Response Center (SHARE) offers counseling and assistance for members of the Yale Community who have experienced sexual misconduct either directly or indirectly. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 203-432-2000.
  • Title IX Coordinators are senior administrators and faculty members throughout Yale who can answer questions/concerns related to sexual misconduct, coordinate resources, accommodations and remedies, and investigate complaints to the degree possible consistent with the complainant’s wishes. The Title IX Coordinators for YSE are Andrés Fernández (203-432-6286) and Lauren Horner (203-432-4247).
  • Yale Police operate 24/7 and is comprised of highly-trained, sworn police officers, including a Sensitive Crime and Support Coordinator. They can be reached at 203-432-4400. 
  • University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC) is Yale’s internal disciplinary board. The UWC is available to assist with filing a formal complaint or answering questions and concerns about sexual misconduct.

Who has reporting responsibilities at Yale?

Faculty members, instructors, lecturers, teaching fellows/assistants, coaches, academic administrators and others who have official supervisory, advisory or educational responsibility for Yale community members have Title IX reporting responsibilities. More information on reporting responsibilities can be found on Yale’s Guidance and FAQs for Individuals with Reporting Responsibilities.

What are the options for reporting a complaint?

YSE encourages all members of the community to seek assistance for any incident that involves sexual misconduct. There are three options for reporting at YSE – anonymous, informal and formal. These three options ensure that the individual sharing their experience can select a reporting path best suited to their particular situation.

  • Informal and Formal Reporting

    Reporting can sound intimidating, but it is simply a conversation that allows one to talk about the incident that occurred, options, and resources. Yale offers members of the community both an informal and formal reporting process. For more information, please visit Yale’s Ways to Report webpage
  • Anonymous Reporting 

    Individuals within the Yale School of the Environment community who would like to anonymously report an incident may do so by filling out the anonymous report form [link]. Information included in the form is sent anonymously to the YSE Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Lauren Horner, and is confidentially shared with the Dean, Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Please note that no further action will be taken after receiving the form unless requested. Anonymous reports are used to gather information about incidences of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment at Yale School of the Environment. The data compiled is used to inform the community about our campus climate.
    YSE anonymous report form

Sexual Assault Facts, Education and Training at Yale School of the Environment (SAFETY)

At YSE, sexual assault education and training for members of our community is of the utmost importance. The school’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator works with members of the Title IX Working Group and YSE staff members to ensure members of the community are adequately trained in the area of sexual misconduct each year. Some of the trainings and workshops currently offered at YSE include: 
  • YSE Bystander Training "Step In"
  • Incoming Student Title IX Workshop
  • Staff and Faculty Training
  • TA Training
  • MODs TA Training
  • Title IX Peer Advisors

YSE Title IX Working Group

In the spring of 2018 YSE formed a Title IX Working Group. The group is chaired by Lauren Horner, YSE’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and is made up of students, staff and faculty. The working group is charged with advising the community on policies, programming and resources, as well as creating initiatives around awareness and prevention. If you are interested in joining the group, or have suggestions, please stop by Lauren’s office in Kroon Hall, Room 104.