Friday 24 November 2017

Sex scandal threatens Yale as 16 female pupils complain of assaults

Jon Swaine in New York

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)

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