A Brown task force on sexual assault has completed its recommendations for the university. They’re aimed at improving the way the university responds to complaints of sexual violence.
The task force urges Brown to adopt a single policy on sexual assault, dating violence, harassment and stalking. The group says the university should centralize the process for handling complaints in a single office.
Local leaders have announced the launch of a statewide task force to deal with sexual assaults on college campuses. The issue has been getting increased national attention in recent years.
The task force is comprised of local law enforcement, medical professionals, and representatives from Rhode Island colleges and universities. They’re tasked with developing new policies to better handle sexual assaults involving college students. Often, colleges deal with sexual assault internally, and law enforcement is not involved unless a victim wishes to press charges.
A grand jury will not indict two Brown University football players who were accused of sexual assault by a student at Providence College. Universities around the country are facing controversy over how they handle sexual assault. Brown is one of more than 70 colleges under federal investigation.
Critics say colleges should do more to protect students and punish perpetrators of sexual assault. Brown officials have been reviewing their policy, and new students arriving on campus this week will receive more training on sexual assault.
Brown University President Christina Paxson, in a statement, says the male student who was sanctioned for a sexual assault on a 22-year old female student will not be returning to the university.
The case became public after the woman involved, 22-year old Lena Sclove, held a press conference on the Brown campus last week to speak out about the university’s handling of an assault and rape that she said was committed on her by a fellow male student.