Sex scandal threatens Yale as 16 female pupils complain of assaults
Published 09/04/2011 | 05:00
As the Ivy League alma mater of five US presidents, 18 Nobel laureates and countless captains of industry, Yale has one of the loftiest names in education.
But the €28,317-a-year university has found its reputation being dragged through the mud by a sex scandal that threatens to leave a stain on 300 years of academic excellence.
The US government has begun an investigation into a complaint by 16 female students at the Connecticut campus about unpunished sexual assaults and threatening rampages by gangs of young men.
The university's €340m-a-year public funding could be in jeopardy if the Obama administration finds that it broke a law which dictates that everyone must have equal access to education.
A 26-page dossier discloses a series of incidents including that of a night last October, when a group of young men attempting to join a fraternity gathered outside the dormitories of new female students and chanted: "No means yes!" The "band of loud men shouting threatening and pornographic language" terrified teenagers.
In a statement, Yale said it did not believe it had broken the law but would "co-operate fully with the investigation". (© Daily Telegraph, London)