Sexual violence is a problem at Brown University, and university officials should take immediate action to improve the process for responding to sexual assault, according to an interim report from Brown’s Task Force on Sexual Assault.
The report includes more than two dozen recommendations, including the adoption of trained fact-finders to investigate reports of sexual violence.
Brown President Christina Paxson says a protest that forced former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to halt a lecture last year was a violation of Brown's policy on the free exchange of ideas.
"There is no doubt that the disruption of Kelly's lecture represented a violation of these policies," Paxson wrote in her final response to the incident, which was posted this week on Brown's website and sent in an email to Brown students and faculty.
Officials at Brown University say they expect a full report on the school’s sexual assault policy to be complete by the end of the fall semester. The Brown Corporation discussed the issue at its quarterly meeting on Friday, just before Brown’s commencement ceremonies got underway.
In the final installment of our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visits the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to speak with Executive Director Charlie Kelley. She asked him to walk through the payment system for a student who has borrowed $31,000, about the average for recent graduates in Rhode Island.