Yale University’s police department received separate anonymous reports that two undergraduate students were sexually assaulted at an off-campus fraternity party this month, the university said.
In a campus-wide email alert earlier on Friday, Yale’s Police Chief Ronnell A. Higgins said the department had received separate reports of two sexual assaults at a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house party. The two students knew their alleged attackers, he said.
The reports of sexual assault follow efforts at Yale to improve its reputation after a 2011 federal complaint was filed by students and graduates that said Yale had a “a hostile sexual environment on campus.” They complained the school was violating Title IX, the federal gender-equality law, and laid out a range of transgressions against women, from taunts to assaults, over several years. At the time, Yale committed to make reforms, and the Education Department dropped its inquiry. One of the changes was the issuing of semiannual reports of sexual complaints made to the university, covering accusations from harassment to rape, and how Yale had handled them.
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