Yale University

News about Yale University, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Chronology of Coverage

  1. Sep. 8, 2014

    Yale's chief investment officer David F Swensen has asked its money managers to assess how investments could affect climate change and suggested that they avoid companies that do not take sensible 'steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions'; strategy is part of program announced at Yale that includes $21 million capital investment for energy conservation. MORE

  2. Mar. 7, 2014

    Harvard is looking for another Ivy League basketball title but Yale has a chance to tie for the title and force a one-game playoff for an automatic bid in NCAA tournament; since 2008, Cornell and then Harvard have loosened Penn and Princeton's stranglehold on the Ivy League title with a more athletic, up-tempo style of play. MORE

  3. Feb. 22, 2014

    Yale University Police Department receives anonymous reports that two undergraduate students were sexually assaulted at an off-campus party in February; reports follow university's efforts to to shed reputation of having what 2011 federal complaint called hostile sexual environment. MORE

  4. Jan. 22, 2014

    Shutdown of course comparison website by Peter Xu and Harry Yu, twin brothers who are seniors at Yale University, turns campus issue into something of a free speech cause; petitions circulate against shutdown and Sean Haufler, another senior in computer science, builds a workaround that makes Yale’s disapproval effectively irrelevant. MORE

  5. Jan. 19, 2014

    Exhibit Stage Designs by Ming Cho Lee, at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, features over 90 models, sketches and photographic reproductions by influential set designer Lee. MORE

  6. Jan. 12, 2014

    Yale beats Harvard, 5-1, in 239th game of their men's hockey rivalry. MORE

  7. Jan. 7, 2014

    Connecticut medical examiner's office reports that death of Yale University Professor Samuel See, who was found deceased in a New Haven jail cell, was due to an accidental drug overdose; See had been jailed after being arrested at his home for violating a protection order against his husband. MORE

  8. Dec. 19, 2013

    Questions linger regarding death of Samuel See, assistant English professor at Yale University who was found dead in a New Haven jail cell following domestic dispute with his husband; investigators are now examining the circumstances of his arrest and death, to see if he had been ill or injured and to determine whether authorities are blame in any way. MORE

  9. Nov. 24, 2013

    College Football East Roundup; Harvard beats Yale, 34-7, to earn share of Ivy League title; other scores noted. MORE

  10. Nov. 17, 2013

    College Football East Roundup; Princeton clinches at least a share of its first Ivy League title since 2006 and re-establishes a long if inconsistent football tradition with a 59-23 homecoming victory against Yale; other scores noted. MORE

  11. Oct. 20, 2013

    College Football East Roundup; Fordham improves to 8-0 for the first time with a 52-31 victory at Yale; Fordham receiver Sam Ajala sets school record with 282 yards receiving and ties another with four touchdown catches; other results noted. MORE

  12. Sep. 14, 2013

    Yale University releases document that details eight hypothetical situations in which fictional students navigate sexual encounters, in effort to clarify both morality of certain situations and university's sexual misconduct policies; each narrative is followed by explanation of whether actions described violate school's code. MORE

  13. Aug. 16, 2013

    Federal appeals court rules in favor of Yale University in lawsuit filed by South Korea's prestigious Dongguk University over fraudulent resume from applicant Shin Jeong-ah indicating she had earned doctorate in art history at Yale; ruling acknowledges Yale mistakenly confirmed the credential but that because no malice was involved, Yale is not liable for subsequent damages to Dongguk's reputation and funding. MORE

  14. Aug. 12, 2013

    William F Buckley Jr Program, conservative group at Yale University, has historic new address, William H Taft Mansion, thanks to $500,000 from a single, unnamed donor. MORE

  15. Aug. 4, 2013

    Poem MotherFather by Travis Reginal, which reflects during his first days at Yale on his mother's love and father's absence. MORE

  16. Aug. 4, 2013

    Travis Reginal, student who was accepted into Yale after attending William B Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss, which is 97 percent African American and 67 percent low-income, reflects on his journey to one of nation's elite campuses and why smart, low-income students rarely apply to top colleges. MORE

  17. Jul. 3, 2013

    Yale University wins trademark infringement lawsuit against modest Yale Academy, which helps students cram for college entrance exams; Terry Yang, academy's founder, which will become Y2 Academy, says he never meant to confuse anyone or infringe on famous university. MORE

  18. Jun. 17, 2013

    Yale University has acquired vast and renowned collection of English lawbooks and legal manuscripts assembled by the barrister Anthony Taussig; collection, comprising around 400 legal manuscripts and 200 printed books, is widely considered world’s most important private collection of rare material relating to cultural and intellectual history of English law. MORE

  19. Jun. 5, 2013

    James R Van de Velde, former Yale lecturer who was implicated in brutal death of student Suzanne Jovin in 1998, is rebuilding his life and his long legal battle to clear his name has now reached some conclusion; he has reached a settlement with Yale and City of New Haven, which is the last step in his search for public and personal redemption. MORE

  20. Jun. 4, 2013

    James Van de Velde, Yale University lecturer who was identified as a suspect in 1998 killing of student Suzanne Jovin, has settled his lawsuit against the university and the New Haven Police Department; Van de Velde, who was never charged, claims in lawsuit that being named a suspect violated his civil rights and damaged his reputation, career and health. MORE

  21. Apr. 14, 2013

    Yale completes its sweep of nation’s elite by knocking off top-seeded Quinnipiac, 4-0, to win its first NCAA hockey championship. MORE

  22. Apr. 12, 2013

    Yale defeats UMass Lowell, 3-2, in overtime, to advance to NCAA men’s Division I hockey final. MORE

  23. Apr. 11, 2013

    Yale and Quinnipiac men's ice hockey teams, whose homes are only 15 miles apart in Connecticut, are vying for the NCAA hockey title; Yale will meet Massachusetts-Lowell, while Quinnipiac fames St Cloud State in the Frozen Four. MORE

  24. Mar. 31, 2013

    Yale defeats North Dakota, 4-1, to advance to Frozen Four of NCAA men's hockey tournament for the first time; other tournament results noted. MORE

  25. Mar. 30, 2013

    College Hockey Men's Roundup; Yale beats Minnesota, 3-2, in overtime, in NCAA men's hockey tournament Round of 16; other tournament results noted. MORE

  26. Feb. 7, 2013

    PepsiCo is sponsoring conference in April 2013 for women who attended Yale University, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Yale Law School graduate, is scheduled to make remarks, to the dismay of some alumni; long-running dispute exists between Yale and some alumni over university's connections to company, who see it as health threat. MORE

  27. Feb. 3, 2013

    Yale University has changed its campus art museum to integrate its art collection with its curriculums, student life and surrounding New Haven community; efforts, which include student-curated exhibitions, are at forefront of push by several universities to meld their art galleries and classrooms. MORE

  28. Feb. 2, 2013

    Harvard defeats Yale, 67-64, in men's college basketball. MORE

  29. Feb. 2, 2013

    Yale student Brendan Ross receives special probation that will leave him with no criminal record for 2011 accident in which truck he was driving struck and killed a woman and injured two others during tailgating at Yale-Harvard football game. MORE

  30. Jan. 13, 2013

    Henry Alford describes his experience performing with nation's oldest a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University. MORE

  31. Dec. 14, 2012

    Editorial praises renovation of Yale University Art Gallery, which has reopened after being transformed and expanded over 14 years. MORE

  32. Nov. 18, 2012

    Harvard defeats Yale, 34-24, in college football. MORE

  33. Nov. 17, 2012

    Yale football team, who lost three quarterbacks to injury against Penn in October, will finish last in the league regardless of outcome of upcoming game against rival Harvard. MORE

  34. Nov. 9, 2012

    Yale University names celebrated psychology scholar Peter Salovey as its new president; Salovey, Yale's provost for the past four years, will succeed Richard Levin, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year after 20 years on the job. MORE

  35. Aug. 31, 2012

    Yale University president Richard C Levin announces that he will retire at the end of the school year, saying that he simply feels that it is time to move on; Levin, 65, is currently the most senior president in the Ivy League and one of the longest-serving in the university's history; Yale is expected to undertake a nationwide search for a successor. MORE

  36. Jul. 5, 2012

    Yale AIDS Memorial Project honors students, teachers and staff members who have died of AIDS-related complications; founder Christopher Glazek launched the project after realizing that nearly an entire generation of Yale alumni had succumbed to the disease. MORE

  37. Jun. 16, 2012

    Federal Education Dept reports that it is closing the investigative stage of a process to resolve a complaint about sexual harassment on the campus of Yale University based on the strength of the school's proposals for policy changes. MORE

  38. May. 8, 2012

    Anthony Tommasini reviews Yale Baroque Opera Project production of Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, directed by Toni Dorfman at the University Theater. MORE

  39. May. 5, 2012

    Brendan D Ross, driver of truck that struck and killed Nancy Barry in tailgating area of Yale-Harvard football game in 2011, is charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide with a motor vehicle. MORE

  40. Apr. 5, 2012

    Yale faculty members, unhappy about absence of vote on venture with National University of Singapore, raise concerns about joining their storied institution with an autocratic city-state; many say project is a dangerous collaboration with government that does not support the broad freedoms they believe are central to liberal arts education; Yale administration says faculty has had ample opportunities to weigh in since Sept 2010 prospectus outlining the project. MORE

  41. Mar. 29, 2012

    Nicholas D Kristof Op-Ed column recounts inspiring story of Paul Lorem, South Sudanese orphan who went on to attend Yale University after overcoming the difficulties of his childhood in a refugee camp. MORE

  42. Feb. 5, 2012

    Arthur S Brisbane The Public Editor column analyzes The New York Times article on star Yale quarterback Patrick J Witt and accusations against him of sexual assault; asserts that the Times erred in relying solely on anonymous sourcing for the article. MORE

  43. Feb. 4, 2012

    Rhodes Trust confirms that it had put on hold the candidacy of Yale quarterback Patrick J Witt upon learning that a fellow student had filed a complaint against him. MORE

  44. Feb. 2, 2012

    Yale University releases its first report describing complaints of sexual misconduct and how they were handled, making good on a promise of transparency on the issue; report covers the period from July 1 to the end of 2011, listing 52 allegations of misconduct by students and employees, ranging from harassing remarks to sexual assault, but none of the allegations ended with the filing of police charges. MORE

  45. Jan. 28, 2012

    Yale quarterback Patrick J Witt denies that he was ever told that his Rhodes Scholarship candidacy had been rescinded after allegations of sexual misconduct; insists he made his decision to play the annual game against Harvard, rather than pursue the scholarship, before the Rhodes Trust ever knew of the allegation. MORE

  46. Jan. 27, 2012

    Yale quarterback Patrick J Witt said he gave up a Rhodes scholarship bid to play against Harvard in November 2011, but he was no longer a candidate, having reportedly been accused of sexual assault. MORE

  47. Jan. 21, 2012

    Yale University tightens its policies for its university athletic events following the November 2011 death of a woman when a truck drove through a tailgating area at a Harvard-Yale football game; the university will no longer allow kegs at athletic events or functions, non-vendor trucks will no longer be allowed in university lots and student tailgating will end at kickoff. MORE

  48. Jan. 20, 2012

    Trinity College loses its first squash match in 14 years after being defeated by Yale, 5-4; Trinity's 252 consecutive victories constitutes the longest winning streak in college sports history. MORE

  49. Jan. 15, 2012

    Great Organ Music at Yale, produced by the Institute of Sacred Music, and the Horowitz Piano Series, a set of concerts run by the School of Music’s piano department, are running concurrently; together the series will produce 14 shows by April (Metropolitan/Connecticut). MORE

  50. Nov. 21, 2011

    Administrators at Yale and Harvard each fall are faced with how to best regulate the student tailgate area at the alcohol-fueled, tradition-bound spectacle known reverently as the Game; tailgate rules released annually have been formulated to prevent the sort of calamity that occurred when a woman was killed in an accident outside the Yale Bowl by a U-Haul truck carrying beer kegs to a fraternity party; two other women were also injured when truck accelerated into crowd. MORE

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School Snapshot

Name: Yale University
Location: New Haven, Conn.
Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Year Founded: 1701
Tuition and Fees (Fall 2007): $34,530
Total enrollment (2006): 11,415
Undergraduate enrollment: 5,332
Undergraduate applicants (Fall 2005): 19,451
Percentage admitted: 9.7%
Graduation rate: 96%
Sports Nickname: Bulldogs
Official Web site: Yale.edu

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, US News and World Report, College Board


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