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Brown President addresses sexual assault on campus; accused student not returning

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

After a Brown University student held a press conference to discuss how the University handled her sexual assault charges against another student, the University President has issued a public release to address campus safety.

Last week, 22-year-old Brown student Lena Sclove held a protest, prompting Providence Police to send a message to victims of sexual assault.

"It is imperative that we get that phone call as soon as something like that happens," said Providence Police Major David Lapatin.

Sclove says she was raped by another Brown student in August of last year. She reported it to the University, which suspended the student for a year, allowing Sclove's alleged attacker to return in the fall of this year. She had two years left at Brown.

"I made it very clear to the administration that I did not feel safe with their decision," Sclove said at the protest.

So Sclove took her case to Providence Police, filing a report in February, 6 months after the alleged assault.

In a message sent to the entire Brown community Saturday, University President Christina Paxson notified the public that the student accused of the crime has decided not to return to campus in the fall. 

In her message, the President also ensured the community that Brown is "committed to taking aggressive steps to ensure that our campus is safe for everyone and as part of that, policies and procedures designed to keep our campus safe must be open to continuous review. Such a review was already planned for the coming academic year. We are accelerating that review and it will include significant input from students.

With concerted efforts to improve prevention of sexual violence, and policies that reflect no tolerance for assault, we will ensure that Brown’s campus is welcoming, safe and secure for every member of our wonderful community."

The President's entire message can be viewed here.

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