Brown: 2 fraternities ‘facilitated’ sexual misconduct

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Brown University sanctions two fraternities in connection with ‘sexual misconduct’ last fall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University officials on Monday announced that two fraternities on the Ivy League campus have been sanctioned for hosting unregistered parties last fall, including one where two students reported drinking punch laced with a date-rape drug. PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University has sanctioned two fraternities, including one in connection with the reported sexual assault of a female student last October after she drank an alcoholic punch allegedly spiked with a common date-rape drug at a frat party, according to a statement university officials released Monday.

School leaders announced the discipline against Phi Kappa Psi and Sigma Chi in a statement to the media and a letter to members of the university community. Fraternities have endured their share of bad press – stories of hazing incidents that ended with injuries or death, and popular media have rarely been kind to the Greek scene. “Because you clowns have been on double-secret probation since the beginning of the semester, one more slip up, and this fraternity of yours has had it.” “Well that was pleasant. The magazine later admitted discrepancies in its story, and police cleared Phi Psi of wrong-doing, but U.Va. pressed ahead with reforming fraternity rules. “None of this was ever about one case,” said student council president Jalen Ross, speaking before registration for rush week. Ross said sexual assault on campus is still a concern. “This is a problem everywhere, but it hadn’t really gotten the sort of attention that it deserved as the big part of our communities that it is,” he said.

The Inter-Fraternity Council, which represents 30 frats with about 1,700 members, argued against banning alcohol at fraternity functions. “If it’s not at a fraternity house, it’s going to be in the parking lot behind Taco Bell,” said IFC president Tommy Reid. “If it’s not there, it’s going to be in the woods behind first-year dorms. Brown officials said the assault was non-consensual contact that did not happen at the fraternity and did not involve a fraternity member, but was the result of the student’s incapacitation. His group represents eight small African-American fraternities and sororities who have written to the university’s president asking for tough punishments in the event of a sexual assault or hazing incident. “Unfortunately, you have to make an example of somebody,” Jackson said. “That’s the route that you need to go when you have a history of fraternities and sororities operating with, really, impunity.” Mark Mann, a senior who dropped out of his fraternity before last year’s scandal, doubts that houses where drinking has been a problem can effectively police themselves. “It was very hard for students within the fraternity to actually speak up against a lot of misogyny, a lot of destructive behavior, mostly revolved around drinking,” Mann said.

Acceptance and management is a much more practical strategy and a much safer strategy than denial and shooting to eliminate.” Instead, fraternities agreed to serve beer in cans or bottles, to have wine poured in plain sight, to require mixed drinks be served by a licensed bartender and to ban trash can punch – a mix of hard liquor with sweet, fruit-flavored drinks. Fraternity member Jack Carlin approves. “You never know how much you’re drinking with something like that if it doesn’t taste like it has alcohol in it. The university accepted those suggestions, and in an editorial the New York Times praised them, but Julian Jackson, who heads the Pan-Hellenic Council, doesn’t think they go far enough.

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