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Brown University Neglected ‘Endemic’ Sexual Abuse, Suit Says

  • Four former and current students are suing Ivy League school
  • They claim it’s responded poorly to incidents, including rape
One of the main gates on the Brown University campus, decorated with the University crest, in Providence, Rhode Island. 

One of the main gates on the Brown University campus, decorated with the University crest, in Providence, Rhode Island. 

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Brown University was sued by four current and former students who claim the Ivy League school consistently downplayed complaints about “endemic” sexual violence on campus.

Citing a 2019 survey showing over a quarter of Brown women had experienced non-consensual sexual contact, the suit claims the university’s inadequate response violates Title IX, the federal law barring gender discrimination in schools, as well as its own code of conduct.