Yale is still not getting the fact that they don’t get it.
President Peter Solovey released a letter to the Yale community yesterday, attempting to respond to criticisms of the fact that Yale has failed to institute stiffer penalties for sexual misconduct — unlike, for example, Duke, which, like Yale, was the subject of a Title IX inquiry, but which has revised the sanctioning guidelines so that, beginning this fall, expulsion will be the first action considered.
Here’s an excerpt of Solovey’s justification:
“… in some cases, all parties may agree on what words were spoken but disagree on whether those words constituted clear consent. In many cases, the complainant and respondent come to altogether different understandings of what transpired. In too many cases, excessive alcohol consumption blurs memory.”
The full text is available here.