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Filing of Criminal Reports
The following offices are designated by the University to receive complaints of criminal offenses.
Complaints of criminal activity on campus should be filed with Browns Department of Public Safety as it is the Universitys law enforcement unit. Students and employees of Brown should report crimes to Public Safety, by calling 863-3322. Prompt reporting to Public Safety is important for it facilitates improved investigation and the preservation of evidence. If you prefer not to report alone, you can bring a friend or go through several "support" groups on campus. Those who prefer to speak with a non-uniformed member of the department can contact Special Services at 863-2542. Reports to Public Safety may form the basis of criminal charges (violations of state or federal law) and/or University discipline cases (violations of Tenets of Community Behavior or offenses under the Standards of Conduct). The victims wishes are always taken into consideration.
Criminal reports may also be filed by complainants directly with the Providence Police Department (272-3121). Complainants wishing to file a criminal report with the Providence Police Department may request assistance with these procedures from Brown Public Safey or the Special Victims Unit by calling 863-2542. Once a criminal report is filed with the Providence Police Department, the decision to prosecute is made at the discretion of the Attorney General. The Attorney Generals Office is also responsible for providing the necessary and appropriate follow up and communication with the complainant.