"It is imperative that the climate at Yale be free of sexual harassment and misconduct of any kind. The well being of our students and the entire community requires this. Should transgressions occur, they must be addressed expeditiously and appropriately.The only saving grace to their statement is that a university's idea of action is to form a committee (so actual results could be decades away), since they can't possibly wait for actual data from an internal investigation, but otherwise it is really very chilling. Levin wants a Yale world to be 'free of sexual harassment and misconduct of any kind.' Really. They might as well put G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate into the Yale air supply but then we'd end up with a bunch of well-dressed special-snowflake Reavers (for those who don't get the reference, check out the movie Serenity). It seems that Yale's policies are a Pax substitute since they are already well on the way to creating a generation of students who cannot stand up for themselves and, when faced with genuine sexual harassment or other 'misconduct' in the real world, will either lay down and die or will go running for the skirts of whatever governmental body will pat them on the shoulders and hand them lollipops.
We will cooperate fully with the Office of Civil Rights in their investigation, but the Officers, the Dean of Yale College, and I believe that we should not await the investigation before asking ourselves how we might improve the policies, practices, and procedures intended to protect members of our community. I write to describe some of the measures we are taking immediately."
And these are the 'anointed' future leaders of the United States. I was talking with a guy at work the other day about possible Republican candidates for President and my only comment was "We can't afford another Ivy Leaguer in the highest office." The reaction(s) to this situation are why it would be disastrous. If a person can't deal with some misconduct in college, how on Earth are they going to deal with a global crisis when there's no-one else to hide behind?