Higher Education
9:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Brown Football Players

After an investigation, a grand jury has decided against indicting two Brown football players accused of sexual assault.

"There will be no charges stemming from the incident," according to a statement from the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.

The allegations were brought by a student at Providence College. She told police she started feeling groggy while hanging out with friends at a Providence bar. When she woke up, she said she found herself in a Brown dorm room, and there, she alleges, the football players sexually assaulted her.

Brown sent the two players home after the allegations surfaced, although they were allowed to finish their coursework over email. A Brown spokesperson declined to say earlier this summer whether they were enrolled for the fall semester.

Brown is currently welcoming new students to orientation, which officially begins this weekend. Brown Director of Health Promotion Frances Mantak says sexual assault has been a problem on college campuses for decades.

"Our rates are the same now as they were 20 or 30 years ago, our national rates. It's about one in four or one in five women have experienced rape or attempted rape during their college career."

Mantak is coordinating increased training for students and residential advisors on how to prevent and recognize the signs of sexual assault. Brown is also reviewing its policy for handling sexual assault allegations on campus.

Federal education officials are investigating Brown along with dozens of other universities after complaints about campus disciplinary procedures that some students say are lacking when it comes to allegations involving sexual violence.

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