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Brown University provides educational and informational programs on the subject matter of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and other offenses, as well as counseling and support programs. Brown University has established a mechanism to address student concerns and complaints. The Department of Public Safety has a Special Victims Unit staffed by personnel specifically trained to address victims of sexual assault.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct*
*Some forms of sexual misconduct may also be criminal offenses. Complaints of criminal offenses, including sexual assault, should be made by the complainant to a law enforcement office.
Reporting Sexual Assault
Health Related Issues/Crisis
Counseling and Support
Information on Women's Issues and Peer Counseling
Other resources in the Providence community include:
Reporting a Criminal Act
Brown University prohibits sexual misconduct - non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature. Students engaging in acts constituting sexual misconduct are subject to discipline in accordance with Brown Universitys Non-Academic Discipline system, and may face criminal prosecution.
In addition, a variety of educational programs are provided by University staff, residential peer counselors, and resident programmers to members of the student community regarding sexual misconduct. Some information is provided as an integral part of other programs, such as orientation of first year students. Other programs are available to graduate students, faculty, and staff. The University also annually publishes a sexual assault, sexual harassment, and relationship violence resource list. It is available in the Health Services Office, Psychological Services Office, the Office of Student Life, and the Sarah Doyle Womens Center, as well as being made available to all new students. Designated Deans of the University are available to provide assistance regarding academic concerns and changes in living situations. Contact the Office of Student Life (863-3145) regarding academic and living concerns.
In addition to the offices outlined above, the following counseling and support resources regarding sexual assault/misconduct are available on the Brown campus.
In disciplinary proceedings, penalties will be imposed upon persons in violation of this offense in accordance with appropriate University processes. During the disciplinary process, both the complaining student and the responding student have the same opportunity to have certain others present at disciplinary proceedings and both shall be informed of the outcome of any such disciplinary proceedings.
Just as there are a range of behaviors that may violate this prohibition, there are a range of penalties which may be imposed. Penalities that can be imposed through a University Disciplinary Council Hearing or an Administrative Hearing include reprimand, probation, deferred suspension, suspension, or expulsion. Penalties that can be imposed through a Deans Hearing include reprimand, probation, and deferred suspension. Penalities that can be imposed through a Peer Community Standards Board Hearing include reprimand and probation. For definitive information on disciplinary offenses, penalties, and procedures, please consult the Brown University Student Rights and responsibilities booklet and the Office of Student Life (863-3145).
Upon request of a student, personnel in the Office of Student Life and the Department of Public Safety will provide assistance to a student in notifying appropriate law enforcement authorities of a criminal offense.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
Individuals seeking information about registered sex offenders are advised to contsacty the following offices at the Providence Police Department: