Former President Jimmy Carter criticized Yale’s response to sexual assaults on campus Tuesday night while speaking in a forum moderated by the university’s president.
The former President cited a Huffington Post report that pointed out Yale allowed six male students who were found guilty of “nonconsensual sex” in the first half of 2013 to continue their studies.
“You can just warn a boy and chastise him, that doesn’t help,” Carter said. “Expulsion is a very difficult thing for universities to accept as a policy.”
Carter’s comment was met with loud applause. Yale President Peter Salovey, who was moderating the talk with Carter, said that the university’s policies with regard to sexual assault “have changed over the last year or two” before moving on to another topic.
The U.S. Department of Education fined Yale $165,000 last year for underreporting sex offenses.