Brown imposes sanctions on frats for sexual misconduct

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Brown University has imposed sanctions on two fraternities responsible for holding unregistered parties last fall, the institution announced on Monday.

According to a letter sent out to all members of the Brown community, the parties created “environments that facilitated sexual misconduct.”

Senior officers at Brown also announced that comprehensive review of the school’s alcohol policy and social event regulations will take place this spring.

“The measures we are taking this spring reflect our interest in preventing sexual assault by addressing the campus climate at Brown,” the letter said.

The sanctions involve Sigma Chi of Olney House and Phi Kappa Psi of Sears House.

According to the letter, Sigma Chi has been “sanctioned with probation and suspension of social and University privileges until fall 2016.” The fraternity can no longer sponsor social events and has lost access to the chapter room on campus. They are also “ineligible to conduct recruitment, rush, or initiation processes.”

Phi Kappa Psi has lost all University recognition and housing for four years, effective immediately.

The disciplinary actions are a result of incidents that occurred last fall, where female students reported sexual misconduct and the use of the date rape drug was discovered on campus.

According to the University, the sanctions were reported to the national chapters of each fraternity.

“All Brown community members need to be involved in preventing sexual violence, and all student organizations are expected to ensure that adequate security measures are in place to promote safe events and activities,” University officials said.

The full transcript of the letter is available here.

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