Crime Awareness and Campus Security at Brown University September 2005

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 1/1/2002 - 12/31/04
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 contact Special Services at 863-2542. 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. 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 134 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.

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Safewalk

Public Safety sponsors a Safewalk program, 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. 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. Colonel, Captain 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 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 nonuniversity 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, individual security concerns, and the security of others.

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 violent crime.

A full-time crime prevention officer is available to: present crime prevention lectures and discussions to groups of any size; 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.

Colonel 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

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.

Campus Community/Public Safety Committee

The Campus Community/Public Safety Committee is a university committee comprised of various members of the University community and Public Safety personnel. The purpose of the Committee is to increase awareness among community members and the corresponding improvement of campus security and safety. The Committee holds meetings that provide a forum for the exchange and review of information concerning security and safety on the Brown University campus.

Miscellaneous Programs

Public Safety staff members offer 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, Brown-Bag workshops, University housing fairs, coordinate Unit presentations on security and safety issues and otherwise participate as requested by University faculty, students, or staff.

R.A.D. (Rape Agression 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, 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.

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Statistics for the Period 1/1/2002 - 12/31/04

Brown University Criminal Offense Statistics for the Period 1/1/2002– 12/31/2004

CAMPUS AREA

On-Campus  
On-Campus Total Residence Hall Public Property

2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002
Murder/Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 3 1 7 3 1 5 0 3 4
Nonforcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 1 2 5 0 0 1 8 12 10
Aggravated Assault 1 2 6 0 0 1 2 15 16
Burglary 40 49 86 27 44 65 0 1 4
Motor Vehicle Theft 3 7 6 0 0 0 1 3 2
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Non-Campus Buildings or Facilities: In 2002 and 2003 there were no reportable statistics for three 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 burglury 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).
2002 – one (sexual orientation/simple assault/public property)
2003 – three (sexual orientation/aggravated assault/public property; sexual orientation/aggravated assault/on campus; race/aggravated assault/public property)
2004 – one (sexual orientation/simple assault/on campus)

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

2002 – twelve (two race, seven sexual orientation, three religious).
2003 – twenty-two (four race, two religion, sixteen sexual orientation).
2004 – fourteen (seven race, five sexual orientation, two religious).

Providence Police Department
Criminal Offense Statistics
East Side of Providence

PPD/East Side Stats 2003 and 2004 for Districts 8 and 9 (see map below)

District
8-1
District
8-2
District
8-3
District
9-1
District
9-2
District
9-3
  2004 2003 2004 2003 2004 2003 2004 2003 2004 2003 2004 2003
Aggravated Assault 9 5 6 4 3 4 6 4 7 10 12 4
Burglary 42 29 41 28 34 17 49 18 65 27 83 13
MVT 58 31 24 18 46 17 41 43 51 47 71 24
Robbery 6 2 4 2 5 2 8 9 8 12 9 6
Sex Offenses 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 2 1 3 7 1
Homicide 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Narcotics Violation 23 11 7 6 10 3 15 8 12 11 11 1
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 3 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 3 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 3 8 0


PPD/East Side Stats 2002
Cars 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37   2002
Aggravated Assault   34
Burglary   405
MVT   290
Robbery   57
Sex Offenses   22
Homicide   2
Arson   8
Narcotics Violation   45
Liquor Law Violation   18
Hate Crimes   1
Weapons Violations   15


Special Notes
  1. Prior to 2003, local police statistics were totals of six Providence Police Department car units that serviced Providence's East Side, the area where Brown University is located. This area is now referred to and drawn by PPD as District 8 and 9.
  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 1/1/02 to 12/31/04 period.

  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 2002: Car 37 –race/simple assault. For 2003 and 2004: 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

2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002
Liquor Laws 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violations 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 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

2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002
Alcohol 76 204 100 69 174 89 3 5 6 0 0 1
Drugs 8 108 80 7 105 80 0 2 0 0 0 0
Weapons 0 0 5 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

Alcohol Other Substance Both Total

2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002
Dormitory 80 109 87 2 1 2 6 5 3 88 115 92
On-Campus/Non-Dorm 31 26 29 1 1 3 1 1 1 33 28 33
City Street 11 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 11 7
Off-Campus Address 11 11 8 0 1 0 1 1 1 12 13 9
Total 133 157 131 3 3 5 8 7 5 144 167 141

*EMS has reported the following responses with respect to graduate students: 2002—two alcohol related responses, one on-campus/non-dorm and another in a dorm. 2003 — one alcohol related response/off campus address.
2004alcohol related response/two in dorms, two on campus/nondorm and two off campus address.

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

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

2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002 2004 2003 2002
Assault 69 40 40 90 5 18 0 0 11 0 1 3
Burglary 49 90 76 66 22 70 0 0 33 0 3 22
MVT 102 145 121 93 27 95 0 0 0 0 1 17
Robbery 18 18 24 12 8 15 0 0 2 0 0 1
Sex Offenses 6 12 18 2 1 9 0 0 9 0 0 3
Homicide 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 4 4 2 0 5 0 0 5 0 0 1
Narcotics Violation 132 87 66 11 7 16 0 0 56 0 1 8
Liquor 7 8 1 0 1 5 0 0 7 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons 13 11 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 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.

4. 2003 RIH hate crime: religion/aggravated assault.

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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 Dsciplinary 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 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. See "Reporting a Criminal Act."

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 University's 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 Women's 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. 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. 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 contact the following offices at the Providence Police Department:

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24 Hour Emergency Numbers

At Brown University

Brown University, Public Safety 863-4111
Brown Emergency Medical Services 863-4111

Outside Brown University

Providence Police Department
Life Threatening Emergencies 911
Other Emergencies 272-1111
Non-Emergency Reports/Calls 272-3121
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
Special Services/Special Victims 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 1-800-333-6228

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