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Brown Says Student Rapist Will Not Be Returning to Campus

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This weekend, Brown University administrators revealed that student Daniel Kopin will not be returning to school after he was suspended for violating the Student Code of Conduct for sexual misconduct.

On Saturday, several days after Lena Sclove held a press conference about the way the school mishandled her alleged rape by Kopin, Brown President Christina H. Paxson sent an email to current Brown students and alums clarifying that the school has "an absolute obligation to protect victims while also providing due process for the accused." Paxson also said that Kopin would not be returning to campus, apparently of his own volition, and announced that though Brown was already preparing to review their sexual assault policies next year anyway, they're "accelerating" that process:

We are limited by law in what we are permitted to say about the circumstances of any specific case. However, with regard to the case that has been widely discussed this past week, you should know that the student accused of the assault has decided not to petition the University for readmission to Brown for next fall.

We are committed to taking aggressive steps to ensure that our campus is safe for everyone and as part of that, policies and procedures designed to keep our campus safe must be open to continuous review. Such a review was already planned for the coming academic year. We are accelerating that review and it will include significant input from students.

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In a statement to the Brown Daily Herald, Kopin's lawyer said Kopin "is deeply saddened by recent events at Brown University and has decided to withdraw his request to return" to campus, though he "maintains that his relationship with the fellow student involved in this matter was consensual." On Tuesday, the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault will reportedly announce its recommendations for colleges about how to best handle sexual assault on campus.

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I'm just happy for Sclove and the fact that she will hopefully be able to complete her degree at Brown with one less stressor and the fear of running in to her rapist. If Kopin ends up enrolling in another University, I hope his name and face are well known enough that he will not be able to out run the stigma he deserves.