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February 23, 2015

On Saturday, Brown University said sanctions imposed on the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi will still be upheld even though an independent review of medical tests could not determine whether students who drank punch at a frat party last semester tested positive for a date-rape drug.

Under the sanctions, the fraternity will be suspended and it will lose its housing.

The Providence Journal reports:

In January, the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi was effectively banned at Brown until 2019 when a university disciplinary committee handed down the suspension and denied a fraternity appeal.

The fraternity had appealed that decision and on Saturday the university reduced its four-year suspension to two and a half years.

Brown is one of 95 colleges and universities under investigation by the Education Department for mishandling sexual assault cases, which can be complicated for administrators charged with addressing them.

In November, we reported on the evolving role of resident assistants, who live in dorms and mentor younger students, in reporting sexual assaults. Now, the new film The Hunting Ground looks at the so-called rape epidemic on college campuses, and how colleges contribute to the issue by deliberately silencing victims, overturning the convictions of rapists, and erasing the truth about how often assaults happen.

On Monday, The Takeaway’s John Hockenberry spoke with director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering about their film. Dick and Ziering said they were surprised by how closed off colleges seemed to be from the rest of society:

Watch a preview for the film, which is out Friday, February 27:

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