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.
Other recommendations in the report include ramping up training for students and faculty and giving those involved in campus hearings on sexual assault access to legal counsel. Another recommendation calls for a standard protocol for medical exams.
Earlier in the school year, controversy erupted at Brown after lab results failed to verify whether a student ingested the date rape drug GHB at a fraternity party, as she had alleged. University sanctions against the fraternity were reduced after the lab retracted its results.
The recommendations from the task force follow an interim report that cited the need for an expedited process to handle sexual assault cases. Following those early recommendations, the university announced it would begin using trained investigators in cases involving sexual violence.
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