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Mon June 16, 2014
Former Brown Student Denies Rape Allegations
A male student who left Brown University after he was thrust into a public discussion about sexual assault has written to the U.S. Department of Education to give his side of the story.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the student, Daniel Kopin, through his attorneys, has sent a letter to education officials, who are investigating a civil rights complaint against Brown, filed by Kopin's alleged victim, Lena Sclove.
Sclove has publicly discussed her experience and has become an advocate for tightening the rules on sexual assault on college campuses.
In the letter, Kopin says Sclove has changed her story several times, and her complaint should not become the basis for any determination about Brown's process for handling sexual assault.
A disciplinary panel at Brown found Kopin violated the university's code of conduct, and Brown suspended him for one year. Kopin decided not to return to Brown for the upcoming semester, after Sclove went public with her story.
It appears that Kopin's name was first revealed in an article published in Brown's campus newspaper, The Brown Daily Herald.
Kopin denies Sclove's allegations that he tried to strangle her during their sexual encounter, that the sex was non-consensual, or that she appeared drunk or high at the time. The letter alleges that Sclove has damaged Kopin's reputation by releasing his name to the public and forcing him out of Brown.
This spring, Sclove staged a rally, describing how difficult it was to see her alleged attacker remain on campus while the disciplinary hearing process was playing out. She has also said Brown's sanctions against Kopin were too light.
Brown has initiated a review of its sexual assault policy, with a report expected by the end of the fall semester.
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