The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC) is chaired by Mark Solomon, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Secretary Aley Menon and Associate Secretary Anita Sharif-Hyder organize the activities of the UWC and act as liaisons with the parties, their advisers and witnesses. The UWC’s Project Coordinator Lani Danilowitz supports the day-to-day functioning of the office and coordinates hearing logistics.
If you have questions about the University’s sexual misconduct policy or the formal hearing process, or if you wish to bring a formal complaint to the UWC, please contact the Chair or a Secretary of the UWC. Meet our staff
The UWC has approximately forty members, chosen to reflect the diversity of the Yale community. Because the committee hears complaints from individuals throughout the University, our membership is drawn broadly from the faculty, staff, and student bodies of Yale’s various schools and units. In addition to serving on formal panels, members of the UWC are expected to participate in annual training on relevant laws, regulations and disciplinary codes; the dynamics and patterns of sexual misconduct; the importance of confidentiality, fair process, and impartiality; and other related topics. Meet our members
We encourage parties to have an adviser for support throughout the formal process. The adviser may be anyone of your choosing. An adviser can offer personal and moral support before, during, and after a hearing and help you to prepare for meetings related to the complaint. You may be accompanied by an adviser at each stage of the process, including in interviews with a fact-finder and at the hearing. UWC advisers are expected to adhere to the UWC’s Statement on Confidentiality.
If you need assistance in choosing an adviser, please contact the UWC. We have trained advisers who are available to support you. Meet our advisers. Also, you may contact your Title IX Coordinator, your Dean, or the SHARE Center for guidance on advisers.
When a complaint is brought to the UWC, the UWC Chair will appoint an impartial fact-finder to assist in the investigation of the matter. The fact-finder conducts interviews and collects other information to reach a thorough understanding of the relevant facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations in the complaint. The fact-finder prepares a confidential report, which is shared with the parties, the hearing panel and the cognizant decision maker.
The decision maker for cases involving a respondent in Yale College is the Dean of Yale College. Where the responding party is a graduate or professional student, the decision maker is the Dean of the Graduate School or the Dean of the Professional School. In cases where the respondent is a faculty member, the decision maker is the Provost. The Associate Vice President for Human Resources is the decision maker when a complaint is made against a staff member.