Brown Corporation Discusses Controversy over Sexual Assault

May 26, 2014

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.

Brown and other universities have faced criticism in recent months for the way they handle sexual assault allegations. A Brown student has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, accusing the school of failing to properly handle her case, after her alleged attacker was suspended but not expelled.

The student also claims she was sent her to a health clinic that was not equipped to take proper samples and says she was not informed she could pursue a police complaint in addition a campus disciplinary hearing.

In other Brown news, the Corporation has approved building sites for a new School of Engineering in Providence's College Hill neighborhood. Brown says it has raised all of the funds needed for the project, following a $160 million fundraising campaign.

Next up for the School of Engineering, selecting an architect.

The Corporation also on Friday approved Brown's first international joint degree program, a Master of Business Administration with the IE Business School in Madrid.