In an emailed statement to U.S. News, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center called the fine "a statement about the importance of holding institutions accountable."
"There's no amount of money that could possibly exemplify the seriousness of these crimes," Traci Cox, Communications Director for the NSVRC, wrote in an email. "Changing the rape culture that exists on college campuses has to involve university administrators as leaders. Students deserve the opportunity to pursue their education in a safe environment that is free from harm."
Conroy tells U.S. News that Yale has requested reconsideration of the fines imposed by the Department of Education.
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Update 5/17/13: This story has been updated to include comment from a Yale spokesperson.