- Dear Members of the Brown Community,
- We write to you regarding our organization’s judicial proceedings with Brown
- University surrounding the events of October 17, 2014. We hope to bring to light
- important and troubling inadequacies in the University’s treatment of our case and, by
- extension, the treatment of sexual assault on campus as a whole.
- To date, the Brown University administration has suggested that we should not
- publicly release any details in order to be treated as cooperative. At this point, if our goal
- is to inform the restructuring of policies and related procedures on campus, we believe it
- is vitally important that anonymized evidence be made public. To emphasize the
- importance of this, we provide here several omitted facts of the case.
- The reported positive GHB test, which was disclosed to the community on
- November 8th, was performed on the individual who also testified to being sexually
- assaulted that evening by an individual with no relation whatsoever to Phi Psi or any of
- its members. This test has since been determined as not indicative of any exogenous
- levels of GHB. GHB is a hormone that occurs naturally in the human body, and this test,
- secured by Brown, did not distinguish between endogenous (natural) levels of GHB and
- exogenous (artificial) levels. Two separate medical experts have examined this test and
- conclusively determined that in no way does it indicate ingestion of GHB.
- The University also disclosed that the second individual was being tested and that
- the results would be shared with the community. This test was important because the two
- individuals reported having and sharing a single drink at our event – the drink that
- University officials assert contained GHB. The results of this test were never disclosed to
- the larger Brown community. In fact, that test, which analyzed a hair sample, was
- conclusively negative. In addition to these details, it is our understanding that the
- individual accused of sexual assault has been allowed to remain on campus by Brown.
- Far removed from Brown’s stated mission of taking action towards the promotion
- of campus safety, the lack of transparency afforded to our case by University officials
- suggests a misguided prioritization of the public image of the University over the rights
- and safety of its members. This emphasis on external results over accountability has
- inflicted undue stress and trauma on those involved in the case and in our organization.
- We feel hesitant to publicly release evidence that contradicts the University’s
- statements and narrative out of concern that we will be treated less justly in the future.
- Accordingly, we urge for members of the community to request that the University
- release anonymized versions of all of the evidence and documents associated with our
- hearing so as to allow for the proceedings to be evaluated and critiqued by our peers.
- An open presentation of this case will allow for a more effective discussion of
- Brown’s existing policies on sexual violence and may provide critical insight as the
- University moves to restructure itself into a safer community for all of its members.
- The Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi
- Rhode Island Alpha Chapter
Dear Members of the Brown Community
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