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sexual assault protest

mar. 2015

In March 2015, about 400 Brown University students protested on campus against the university's handling of sexual assault cases. Two female students reported being drugged by a male member of Phi Kappa Psi in a party the previous October (one reported being sexually assaulted), but after botched toxicology tests for a date rape drug, the fraternity's four-year suspension was reduced to two-and-a-half years, and Brown did not pursue disciplinary charges against the drugger. This raised a lot of concern amongst the student because the father of the accused drugger sat on he Brown Corporation, something that could have potentially influenced these reduced sentences.


During their protest, students taped dollar bills with the red IX for Title IX to symbolize the potential financial interests that were involved with the case. Protesters marched into University Hall carrying a list of ten demands for the administration. As stated by a Huffington Post article, "many students see the whole series of events as evidence that Brown has not progressed much in its efforts to improve the handling of sexual assault claims. Since the university came under federal investigation in July 2014, Brown has launched a task force, hosted events around the issue and begun to implement reforms to its sexual misconduct policies."

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