Yale is not alone. The DOE says it is also investigating Princeton University, Harvard Law School, Duke University, and the University of Virginia, following various Title IX complaints. If the schools are found noncompliant with Title IX, they must change their policies or lose federal funding. Amid the uproar, Vice President Joe Biden has called on schools to take a stronger stand against sexual misconduct.
There may be more complaints at other schools to come. Hanna Zeavin, one of the students who filed the Yale complaint, says she has received a "huge outpouring of support" from students across the country. (But critics are contacting her, too: One male alum advised her to stop fighting "Yale tradition.") Alexandra Brodsky, another Yale student who signed the complaint, says she hopes other students will be inspired to speak up.
Many students don't realize they can file a complaint with the DOE, says Wendy Murphy, a Boston litigator specializing in violence against women. She filed the complaints against Princeton, Harvard Law, and UVA on behalf of students. It's significant that several schools on the hot seat are in the Ivy League, she says, noting, "Other schools will follow their lead when they are compelled to bring their policies into compliance." Stay tuned.