Division of Campus Life

Title IX Assessment, Training and Initiatives

Brown University regularly assesses its efforts for the prevention of and response to sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual violence, relationship and interpersonal violence, and stalking. Regular review of the effectiveness of prevention and response remains an area of critical importance.

Title IX Assessment

The Title IX and Gender Equity Office’s Annual Outcome Report provides information, including outcomes, on reports and formal complaints of sexual misconduct reported to the University. Figures in the report include on-campus and off-campus incidents, and incidents that occurred in undisclosed locations.

The purpose of reporting statistics and outcomes is to increase awareness and promote transparency. By sharing this information (within the constraints of confidentiality), the University hopes to create productive community dialogue and reflection. The Title IX and Gender Equity Office will continue its efforts to cultivate an informed community with the goal of supporting a campus culture where all members are equally valued.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Brown’s Sexual Assault Task Force, a representative body from across the institution, was charged with developing a comprehensive response to sexual violence and other forms of gender-based harassment occurring on campus. In 2015, they recommended that the University conduct a regular review of Title IX. The first review was completed in 2016.

The Steering Committee on Equity and Diversity (SCED) was charged with conducting the second review. The 2019 review consisted of (1) assessment of training (specifically related to reporting incidents, members of the adjudication process, and prevention education); (2) evaluation of the current case management system; and (3) evaluation of the progress of the recommendations of the former Title IX Oversight and Advisory Board and the original Sexual Assault Task Force.

Title IX Education and Prevention Efforts

In 2021, Brown joined NASPA's (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Culture of Respect Collective, a two-year program that brings together institutions of higher education that are dedicated to addressing sexual and gender-based violence, guiding them through rigorous self-assessment, collaborative strategic planning, and targeted organizational change.

Learn more about the Culture of Respect

This training module about Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Clery Act is a required component of the onboarding process for new members of the community and a resource available to any member of the Brown community who wants to refresh their knowledge on key concepts to preventing, responding to and reporting sexual and gender-based discrimination, including sexual violence.

Learn more about Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence

This combined course meets both state and Title IX/Clery Act training requirements. It will introduce Brown employees to the current Title IX requirements and Brown University’s specific policies related to mandated reporters. The course is also designed for institutions with employees in states with harassment prevention training mandates.

Working with BWell Health Promotion, SAPE provides an opportunity for students to play a meaningful role in moving Brown toward a culture of consent. SAPE members do outreach work on campus, facilitate workshops with student groups, create and deliver content meant to raise awareness, prevent harm and support survivors at Brown, and participate in a supportive, accountable and values-driven community.

Learn more about Sexual Assault Prevention Education

The Title IX and Gender Equity Office is responsible for overseeing formal and informal resolution processes of Title IX complaints, implementing support measures and interim actions, and working with academic and administrative units to deliver Title IX workshops and training. To do this work, Title IX staff are trained annually on the jurisdictional scope of Title IX, managing policies and procedures prohibiting sex discrimination and harassment, mitigating conscious and unconscious bias, and responding to reports of sex discrimination including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

Past Assessment and Initiatives

As part of the University’s efforts to strengthen the prevention of and response to gender-based harassment and sexual violence, Brown has periodically asked members of the campus community to participate in campus climate surveys on sexual assault.

Learn more about the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct

Many of Brown's current policies and procedures in the area of gender violence, harassment and sexual misconduct were informed by the work of a Brown University Task Force on Sexual Assault during the 2014-15 academic year.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Brown’s Sexual Assault Task Force – a representative body from across the institution – was charged with developing a comprehensive response to sexual violence and other forms of gender-based harassment occurring on campus.