Crime Awareness and Campus Security at Brown University September 2007

In accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, Brown University, through this publication, is making available information regarding campus security policies and procedures at Brown University as well as crime statistics reported to law enforcement officials for the area where Brown University is located.

Brown University Department of Public Safety

Brown University Public Safety personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department, an internationally accredited police agency, is composed of over 80 men and women serving in various capacities, including police officers, security officers, communications control officers, and building guards. Of the total number of university personnel involved in providing Public Safety, approximately 33 are commissioned police officers, authorized by the State of Rhode Island to enforce its laws. Only with the cooperation of everyone within the university community can these services be effective in providing better protection to persons and property.

The Public Safety Communication and Information Center is located at Faunce House Arch at 75 Waterman Street. The emergency phone number is 863-4111; the phone number for routine calls is 863-3322, and the phone number for the TDD (telephone device for the deaf) is 863-1740. It is open and staffed 24 hours a day. Department headquarters are located at 75 Charlesfield Street. These administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The phone number for the administrative offices is 863-3103.

Filing of criminal reports
Student Violations of University Non-Academic Rules and Regulations
Silent Witness Program
Security and Access to Brown Facilities
Campus Public Safety
Crime Prevention and Security
Statistics for the Period 1/1/2004 - 12/31/06
Alcohol Use and Underage Drinking
Prohibition of Illegal Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Sex Offenses/Sexual Misconduct
24 Hour Emergency Numbers

Filing of Criminal Reports

The following offices are designated by the University to receive complaints of criminal offenses.

Criminal Reports

Complaints of criminal activity on campus should be filed with Brown's Department of Public Safety as it is the University's 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 advocate of the department can call 863-2542, or the detectives at 863-3412 or 863-9956. 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 victim's 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 Safety or the Special Victims Unit by calling 863-2542 or 863-3412. 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 General's Office is also responsible for providing the necessary and appropriate follow up and communication with the complainant.

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Student Violations of University Non-Academic Rules and Regulations

Student violations of University nonacademic rules and regulations should be reported by filing a Campus Incident Complaint Form (CICF) with the Office of Student Life at 20 Benevolent Street. Once an incident is reported through a CICF, the matter will proceed in accordance with the nonacademic disciplinary procedures as appropriate. Penalties 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 Dean's Hearing include reprimand, probation, and deferred suspension. Penalties that can be imposed through a Peer Community Standards Board Hearing include reprimand and probation.

While the Office of Student Life is the administrative office designated by Brown University to receive such complaints, Campus Incident Complaint Forms can also be obtained from Public Safety at 75 Charlesfield Street, the Residential Life Offices at Wayland Arch, or through Resident Counselors. A CICF can only be filed with the Office of Student Life

Violations of Brown's student code may or may not constitute a violation of criminal laws, thus the filing of a CICF is not synonymous with the filing of a criminal report with Brown Public Safety. If you believe a criminal act has occurred and you wish to proceed through the Rhode Island criminal courts, you must file a criminal report with Brown Public Safety or the Providence Police Department.

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Silent Witness Program

Anonymous reporting is available on-line at www.brown.edu/Administration/Public_Safety/ Click on the Silent Witness link to file an anonymous report of non-violent incidents. This is not an approved method to report crimes in progress as the message is received via-e-mail and may not be read immediately. Violent crimes should be reported immediately to 4111. If the incident can be verified, it will be included in the statistics that appear in this document. Reports made anonymously do not allow contact with the reporting witness and therefore the extent to which the incident can be documented is limited.

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Security and Access to Brown Facilities

Emergency Blue Light Phones

There are approximately 138 outdoor Emergency Blue Light Phones located on or near the exterior of residence halls and university buildings. They are also located on the campus walkways and at the parking garage. Additionally there are approximately 56 elevator phones (equipped for emergency calls) in various campus buildings. Outdoor emergency phones are housed in gray or yellow cases, are mounted directly to buildings or stanchions, and have a blue light above them. These phones can be used for calling within the university phone system and have a direct speed calling button (marked in red) that will connect you directly with a Brown Police Department Communication Officer. In an emergency, calls made through the direct speed calling button also contain a feature that will identify your location to the communications officer answering the call. When getting acquainted with the campus, please take the time to note the location of these phones. The phones also provide Brown students, faculty, and staff with the option to request escort or safewalk services, and these calls receive priority assistance.

Building Security

Access to most university facilities is intended to be restricted to students, staff, and faculty of Brown or those with legitimate business with the University. Any person on university property must be able to show proper identification upon request. During evening and weekend hours, most university facilities are kept locked, and both key and card access is restricted to individuals who obtain authorization through proper administrative channels.

Security of both persons and property in residence halls relies greatly on the precautions taken by student residents. Room doors, exterior doors, basements, adjacent fire escapes, and fire doors on every floor should be kept locked at all times. Fire doors should be closed. Alarms will be generated within the security system for any exterior doors propped open where the door is controlled by card access. Do not prop doors open. Close any doors you find propped open. Report immediately to Public Safety any thefts or attempted thefts as well as suspicious activity so that officers may be dispatched to investigate.

A Campus-Wide Card Access System has been installed in all residential dorms and in several administrative buildings on campus. There is a 24 hour monitoring of the system and an officer is dispatched if a door is propped or held open too long, or forced open. As with all technology, the system is not infallible and all students are advised to remain vigilant with regard to security matters.

Parking

Students are not encouraged to bring cars to the University. Parking is extremely limited on the east side (of Providence) in the vicinity of the campus. Additionally, the city of Providence does not allow overnight parking on the streets. Due to limitations of space and zoning restrictions, the University cannot provide parking space for all faculty, staff, and students. Use of University parking lots is restricted to individuals who have obtained a valid parking permit from the University. These lots are not continuously patrolled by University Public Safety personnel and should be accessed at night with extreme caution.

The following suggestions are offered regarding the use of any University parking lot facility at any time: do not leave items in plain view, check for loiterers before leaving and returning to your car; do not leave your car running unattended at any time; lock your car doors; have keys ready when returning to your car; and check the back seat before getting in your automobile. Please report immediately any suspicious activity in University parking areas to the Public Safety Department so that an officer can be dispatched to investigate. Vehicles are operated or parked on campus at the owner's risk. The University is not responsible for fire, theft, or damage to, or loss of such vehicles or any articles left therein.

Third and fourth year students are eligible to participate in the undergraduate parking lottery each spring.

safeRIDE

Safewalk

Public Safety sponsors a Safewalk program, which is a student-operated organization. When in operation, Safewalk provides point-to-point walking escorts to members of the Brown community going walkable distances which may or may not be on the shuttle route. Employees travel in pairs and are equipped with two-way radios. All Safewalk employees wear a reflective, yellow vest and an employee I.D. The service is available Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., during the academic year. To request Safewalk Services, call 863-1079. When Safewalk employees are not available, members of the community may request a walking escort by calling 3-3322. (TDD number is 863-1740.) To become a Safewalk employee call 863-1079.

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Campus Public Safety

Authority and Jurisdiction

Public Safety uniformed personnel include communications control officers, building guards, security officers, campus police officers and supervisory staff. The colonel, captain, inspector, and lieutenants wear white shirts and dark blue trousers with black piping; sergeants and campus police officers wear dark blue uniforms with red piping; other uniformed officers wear white shirts and dark blue trousers with light blue piping. Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Unit are not in uniform. All officers are equipped with two-way radios.

University campus police officers are licensed by the Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police with police authority on University property and adjacent streets. Every police officer has completed training and is a graduate of a police academy within the State of Rhode Island. All police officers are required to meet annual licensure qualifications as designated by Rhode Island State law.

University Public Safety personnel work in a collaborative manner with the Providence Police Department. The Public Safety Department forwards all police reports to the Providence Police Department. Brown Police Detectives then work with Providence Police Detectives to coordinate the follow-up of particular criminal matters.

The Public Safety Department, as required by Federal law, forwards hate crime statistics to the Rhode Island State Police. The National Crime Information Center Network, which is coordinated through the Rhode Island State Police computer system, houses a terminal at the Public Safety Communications Control Center located in Faunce Arch. Lastly, the Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police Department, United States Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, work with University police whenever a domestic, national or international dignitary visits the Brown University campus.

Off-Campus Student Organizations

Brown University has one recognized student organization with off-campus housing facilities that they own. As is the case with individual students who live off campus in private residences, when problems or matters arise off-campus and are reported to Brown Public Safety, the response may be coordinated by the campus police and the Providence Police Department. Additionally, Brown Public Safety reports are filed with the Providence Police Department. Lastly, all students whether living on or off campus are bound to abide by the code of student conduct and in the cases of reported violations, students in non university residences are subject to discipline in accordance with Brown's disciplinary procedures.

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Crime Prevention and Security

Information and Education

Brown University's Public Safety Department offers the following programs to inform as well as encourage students and employees to be knowledgeable about security procedures and practices, risk-reduction strategies, crime awareness, and the security of the Brown camps.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Brown Public Safety Department has available, at no cost, crime prevention services designed to assist students and employees in properly securing their property and reducing their risk from becoming a victim of a crime.

A full-time crime prevention officer is available to: present crime prevention lectures and discussions to groups of any size; deliver crime prevention programs such as Operation I.D. and Bicycle Registration: distribute information about crime prevention to the Brown community; and survey Brown properties to identify security deficiencies and to recommend corrective changes. For additional information, contact the Crime Prevention Unit (863-1438) located at 75 Charlesfield Street.

Joseph F. Doyle Crime Awareness Program

This program, named for a Brown Police Officer who died in the line of duty in 1988, seeks to educate the Brown community on issues of personal safety. The program distributes fliers which promote awareness of security issues, crime prevention programs, and they are used for crime alerts.

Tips & Rumor Hotline 863-2200

Call the Tips & Rumor Hotline to report information about a crime to a dispatcher. This is not recorded and you may remain anonymous if you wish.

Street Safety Whistles

Whistles are available at the Department of Public Safety at no charge to members of the Brown community. Help us make a cooperative community effort. Use a whistle responsibly and respond if you hear one. Use it to scare off a would-be attacker, to summon help for someone else; and above all, to act as a reminder to be alert and aware on the streets. If you use it unwisely, it can lower an effective response. When you carry it on the key ring in your hand, you will be "tuned in" to your personal safety and awareness in a positive kind of way. The DPS whistles are multi-colored and have the department name and emergency telephone number printed on one side.

Electronic Campus Watch

Through the use of e-mail at Brown, students, faculty, and staff can communicate with the Crime Prevention Unit at Brown Public Safety. An electronic awareness mailing is sent by Crime Prevention Unit alerting students, faculty, staff, campus agencies, and local business via e-mail about any crimes scams, violent incidents, crime prevention programs, safewalk services and safety tips. If you have any questions about the program contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 863-1438 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or via e-mail at Campus_Safety@brown.edu.

Operation Identification

Operation Identification is a system for permanently marking valuables using a personal identifying code. The service is free and can be obtained by going to the Crime Prevention Unit at 75 Charlesfield Street during regular business hours.

Miscellaneous Programs

The DPS Community Relations and Outreach Bureau is responsible for coordinating workshops and other informational sessions regarding practices and procedures of safety and security concerns at Brown University. For example, members of the department participate in first year orientation programs, University housing fairs, and coordinate residential unit presentations, brown-bag workshops on various safety topics to include personal safety, burglary prevention, and more! DPS representatives also participate as requested by University faculty, students, or staff for numerous events throughout the academic year.

Other programming offered by the department includes Community Policing Initiatives that facilitate interaction between DPS officers and various members of the community.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is a nationally known self defense program. R.A.D.'s program objective is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. This 12-hour course consists of sexual assault and acquaintance rape education, review of risk-reduction strategies, discussion, instruction, and hands-on simulation. This program has the ability to empower any woman by providing her the skills to help her avoid and reduce risk, as well as strategies to resist an attack. This course is offered to women of all physical abilities. For more information about this program please call 863-2542.

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Statistics for the Period 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2006

Brown University Criminal Offense Statistics for the Period 1/1/2004– 12/31/2006

CAMPUS AREA

On-Campus  
On-Campus Total Residence Hall
Public Property

2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004
Murder/Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses *4 4 3 2 3 3 1 3 0
Nonforcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 3 1 1 0 0 0 16 11 8
Aggravated Assault 4 3 1 3 2 0 5 3 2
Burglary 58 16 40 46 11 27 4 3 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 3 4 3 0 0 0 1 2 1
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*The location was not disclosed for one of the sexual offenses reported to the Department of Public Safety by the Office of Student Life. This offense is included in the on campus total.

Non-Campus Buildings or Facilities: In 2005 and 2006 there were no reportable statistics for non-campus buildings or facilities as that term is defined by the CCR. In 2004, there were two reportable statistics: one drug arrest at 300 Tower Street, Bristol (Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology; and one burglary at 70 Ship Street (Research Building).

Brown University Hate Crime Statistics

Reportable Hate Crimes (murder/non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, forcible sex offenses, rape, arson, negligent manslaughter, simple assault).
2004 – one (sexual orientation/simple assault/on campus)
2005 – one (sexual orientation/simple assault/public property)
2006 - one (ethnicity/robbery/public property)

Other Non-Reportable Hate Crimes (intimidation, vandalism).

2004 – fourteen (seven race, five sexual orientation, two religious).
2005 – eleven (two race, seven sexual orientation, two ethnicity).
2006 - twelve (one religious, five sexual orientation, six race).

 

Providence Police Department
Criminal Offense Statistics
East Side of Providence

PPD/East Side Stats 2004, 1/1/05-8/31/05* for Districts 8 and 9 (see map below), 2006

District
8-1
District
8-2
District
8-3
District
9-1
District
9-2
District
9-3
  2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004
Aggravated Assault 8 9 9 3 3 6 4 5 3 4 7 6 2 2 7 9 5 12
Burglary 39 38 42 29 43 41 49 17 34 55 13 49 73 18 65 54 36 83
MVT 30 33 58 10 21 24 33 53 46 23 35 41 22 31 51 54 35 71
Robbery 0 10 6 13 7 4 6 3 5 0 7 8 13 9 8 0 16 9
Sex Offenses 2 2 1 0 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 7
Homicide 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Narcotics Violation 25 10 23 15 4 7 7 1 10 16 10 15 0 10 12 3 7 11
Liquor Law Violation 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 2 7 1 3
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 3 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 8

* Providence Police was not able to provide statistics for 9/1/05 to 12/31/05. The 2005 stats shown are from 1/1/05 to 8/31/05.

 

Special Notes
  1. Providence statistics are referenced by the specific district servicing the indicated area.

  2. Gray shaded areas generally represent the Brown University campus area but include property not owned by Brown University.

  3. The crime statistics are for the 1/1/04 to 12/31/06 period. For the year 2005, PPD only provided statistics from 1/1/05 to 8/31/05.

  4. Providence Police Department statistics may include reports also counted by the Brown University Department of Public Safety.

  5. Reportable Hate Crimes (murder/non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, arson, negligent manslaughter, simple assault). For 2004, 2005, and 2006: PPD reported no hate crimes in District 8 or 9.


Brown University Arrests for Liquor, Drugs, Weapons Violations
On-Campus
Total
On-Campus
Residence
Public
Property
Non-Campus
Buildings

2006 2005 2004

2006

2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004
Liquor Laws 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



Brown University Disciplinary Referrals for Potential Alcohol, Drugs and Weapons Law Violations

 

On-Campus
Total
On-Campus
Residence
Public
Property
Non-Campus
Buildings

2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004
Alcohol 80 103 76 68 90 69 13 5 3 5 0 0
Drugs 21 9 8 20 6 7 0 2 0 1 0 0
Weapons 5 11 0 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brown University Emergency Medical Services Substance Impact Report Brown Undergraduate Student Calls

Alcohol Other Substance Both Total

2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004
Dormitory 131 92 80 4 3 2 5 6 6 140 101 88
On-Campus/Non-Dorm 72 49 31 3 0 1 5 2 1 80 51 33
City Street 16 7 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 7 11
Off-Campus Address 9 6 11 2 1 0 1 1 1 12 8 12
Total 228 154 133 12 4 3 11 9 8 251 167 144

*EMS has reported the following responses with respect to graduate students:
2004alcohol related response/two in dorms, two on campus/nondorm and two off campus address.
2005 — alcohol related response/two in dorms, three on campus/non-dorm
2006 - graduate student statistics are included in the undergraduate student statistics

Local Police Statistics for Off-Campus Hospital Research and Training Sites

RI Hospital
Women & Infants
(Providence
Roger Williams Hospital
(Providence)
Bradley Hospital
(East Providence)
Pawtucket Memorial Hospital
(Pawtucket)

2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004
Assault 0 31 69 0 5 90 0 0 0 0 5 0
Burglary 0 28 49 0 37 66 0 0 0 0 0 0
MVT 0 65 102 0 49 93 0 0 0 0 6 0
Robbery 0 17 18 10 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses 38 8 6 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Homicide 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Narcotics Violation 125 94 132 2 7 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liquor 1 5 7 34 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons 3 16 13 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0

1. Rhode Island Hospital/Women & Infants/Hospital, Roger Williams Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Pawtucket Memorial Hospital, Butler Hospital and Bradley Hospital are independently owned and operated health care facilities at which medical students and others may be involved in medical educational and research programs. Brown neither owns nor controls these facilities.

2. For statistics for Butler Hospital area, see the statistics for PPD District 8-2. For the statistics for Miriam Hospital area, see the statistics for PPD District 8-3.

3. Statistics for Rhode Island Hospital/Women & Infants Hospital, Roger Williams Hospital, and Pawtucket Memorial Hospital are not facility specific and include statistics from the local police departments for the general hospital areas. 2002 statistics for Bradley Hospital also are not facility specific and include police statistics for the zone where the hospital is located.

 

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Alcohol Use and Underage Drinking

Brown University's policies prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by Brown University students, faculty and staff. All members of the Brown University community are expected to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities pursuant to institutional policy, and federal, state and local laws and regulations.

It is unlawful for individuals who have not attained the age of 21 to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. It is also unlawful to deliver alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21, or misrepresent oneself as having attained the age of 21 to procure alcoholic beverages. There are no exceptions to these laws that are applicable to members of the Brown University community.

Brown University students are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to alcohol. The illegal possession, use, provision, sale, or possession with the intent to sell alcohol is prohibited by University regulations. Students seeking to sponsor activities where alcoholic beverages are to be served must have all required University approvals and abide by established University procedures.

Similarly, Brown University employees are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to alcohol. All employees are prohibited from unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of alcohol (except as is lawful, and permissible under Rhode Island law and University policies), on the property of Brown University or as part of any of its activities.

Students violating University policies with respect to alcohol will be disciplined in accordance with Brown University's Non-Academic Disciplinary Code. Employees violating University policies with respect to alcohol will be disciplined in accordance with procedures outlined in Brown University's employee handbook and/or the faculty rules and regulations.

A student or employee who is in violation of Brown University's policies on alcohol shall be subject to sanctions in accordance with Brown University policies and procedures. Disciplinary action involving alcohol violations by students may result in the imposition of a range of penalties (and fines) as specified in Brown University's Non-Academic Disciplinary Code. Cases involving employees will result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including termination. Any disciplinary action imposed by the University may be in addition to any penalty imposed by an off-campus authority. Both students and employees are subject to prosecution under applicable state or federal laws.

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Prohibition of Illegal Drugs

Enforcement of Federal and State Drug Laws

Brown University's policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled substances/illicit drugs by Brown University students, faculty and staff. All members of the Brown University community are expected to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities pursuant to institutional policy, and federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Under state and federal law, it is unlawful, except as expressly authorized by law, to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance/illicit drug. More severe criminal sanctions are assessed in instances where a person 18 years of age or older unlawfully distributes a controlled substance/illicit drug to a person under 21 years of age (federal law) or under 18 years of age (state law).

As a term and condition of employment with Brown University, all employees (faculty, staff, and students) are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance upon the property of Brown University. All employees of the University must abide by the terms of Brown's policy and notify their immediate supervisor and the Director of the Human Resources Department of Brown University of their conviction for a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction

Any violations of Brown's policy by an employee will result in the University taking appropriate personnel action against such an employee, up to and including termination, and/or requiring the employee to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug assistance or rehabilitation program. With respect to students employed by the University, nothing in Brown's policy shall be construed as precluding the University from disciplining students pursuant to the University's nonacademic disciplinary system/policies or from taking appropriate action against students pursuant to the University's emergency powers.

Brown University students are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to drugs. The illegal possession, use, provision, sale, or possession with the intent to sell, of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, is prohibited by University regulations. Students violating University policies with respect to drugs will be disciplined in accordance with Brown University's Non-Academic Disciplinary Code. A student who is in violation of Brown University's policies on drugs shall be subject to sanctions in accordance with Brown University policies and procedures. Penalties 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 Dean's Hearing include reprimand, probation, and deferred suspension. Penalties that can be imposed through a Peer Community Standards Board Hearing include reprimand and probation. Any disciplinary action imposed by the University may be in addition to any penalty imposed by an off-campus authority. Both students and employees are subject to prosecution under applicable state or federal laws.

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Educational Programs

Individuals who may have an alcohol or drug abuse problem or have questions concerning the use or abuse of drugs and alcohol should be aware of the several offices and resources at Brown that offer services to students, faculty, and staff.

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Sex Offenses/Sexual Misconduct

Brown University, through the polices and procedures of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA), seeks to provide an environment that is free from sexual harassment and sexual assault. Such conduct seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust and respect that is essential to a healthy work and academic environment. The  full policy may be reviewed at http://www.brown.edu/Administration/EEO-AA/sexpol1.html.

Where to go for help

The procedures for dealing with allegations of harassment towards students by faculty or staff differ from the procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual harassment towards students by other students. For alleged student-to-student harassment, call the Office of Student Life (x3-3800), or Dean on Call (24hrs x3-4111). If the student is alleging harassment by faculty or staff, the student should contact a sexual harassment information liaison.

Sexual Harassment Information Liaisons

Gail Cohee x3-3402
Dean Carla Hansen x3-3800
Dean Kathleen McSharry x3-2536

You may also direct complaints to:

Dean on Call 24 hrs. x3-4111
Office of Student Life x3-3800
Department of Public Safety, Special Victims Unit x3-3322 , x3-2542, x3-3412

Further information for students is available at the Office of Student Life website.

Alleged Sexual Harassment by Faculty or Staff:
Brenda Allen, Associate Provost, University Hall
Box 1862, phone 863-2216

Alleged Sexual Harassment by Students:
Allen Ward, Associate Dean and Director of Student Life
20 Benevolent Street
Box P, phone 863-3800

The Department of Public Safety has a Special Victims Unit staffed by personnel trained to provide advocacy and post-crisis support to victims of sexual assault and are available to all community members who may need assistance and guidance through the criminal justice process, obtaining a protective order, or safety planning.  The SVU consists of the DPS detectives and a law enforcement advocate, and works closely with appropriate university departments, and community agencies that offer a network of support to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires colleges and universities to issue a statement advising the campus community where state law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. The act also requires registered sex offenders to provide to appropriate state officials notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the offender is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.

In complying with the Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Brown University Department of Public Safety has established a procedure to advise the local community where current sex offender registration information, at which the person is employed or is a student at Brown University, may be obtained.

The Brown University Department of Public Safety routinely informs the campus community each academic year where they can find information on registered sex offenders.
For more information, please visit the Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry http://www.paroleboard.ri.gov/, http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/

Other resources for Sex Offender Registry information are:
Providence Police Department
325 Washington Street
Providence, RI  02903
401-272-3121

Rhode Island Parole Board
Varley Building, 40 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-0900
Fax: 401-462-0915

Rhode Island Sex Offender Community Notification Unit
Varley Building, 40 Howard Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-0905
Fax: 401-462-0916

Timely Warning Policy

The purpose of a timely advisory is to alert the campus community to the occurrence of a crime that poses an ongoing threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness of students and employees in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

The Brown University Department of Public Safety is responsible for issuing crime advisories in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act. The decision to issue a crime alert shall be decided on a case by case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Upon determining to issue a crime advisory, Brown University Department of Public Safety will inform the campus community via a campus-wide email. This email will identify fy that a crime advisory has been issued and will provide pertinent information regarding the incident and a link to other safety awareness tips. A crime advisory will be distributed as soon as possible after the incident is reported ; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident.

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24 Hour Emergency Numbers

At Brown University

Brown University, Public Safety 863-4111
Brown Emergency Medical Services 863-4111
24/7 Sexual Assault & Harassment Crisis Counselor 863-3476

Outside Brown University

Providence Police Department
Life Threatening Emergencies 911
Other Emergencies 272-1111
Non-Emergency Reports/Calls 272-3121
Day One, Sexual Assault & Trauma Center of RI 421-4100

Other Important Numbers

At Brown University

Advocate Program 863-1781
Brown Public Safety 863-3103
Administrative Offices 863-3103
DPS Detectives 863-3412
863-9956
DPS Community Relations & Outreach/Special Victims Unit 863-2542
TDD (telephone device for the deaf) 863-1740
Chaplains Office 863-2344
Crime Prevention Unit 863-1438
safeRIDE 863-1778
Health Services 863-3953
Mediation Program (BUMP) 863-1819
Office of Health Education 863-2794
Office of Student Life 863-3145
Psychological Services 863-3476
Safewalk 863-1079
Sarah Doyle Women's Center 863-2189
Women Peer Counselors 863-3145

Outside Brown University

Community Counseling Center 1-877-695-2789

 

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