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Brown Serves Me

I haven't felt well-served by Brown University, but today I was definitely served something.

I received a call from Brown University Police Department asking if I had any comment on the "incident" that had occurred on campus a few weeks ago. Not knowing what "incident" the police were asking about, I asked them to go into more detail, and they declined. The officer I spoke to at the time, an Officer Remka, said that he wanted to come by my house to talk to me about it. He said I wouldn't be arrested. I gave him my address and waited.  

My housemate was leaving on her bicycle to go to work, and so I was home alone. Because of the way that Brown University has sought to portray me, I was concerned about how this incident might escalate if I wasn't careful. I called two friends to let them know that this was happening, and one of the friends suggested that I record the incident.

Here is the recording. Officer Remka acted professionally, but did not appreciate being filmed and said as much. I offered several times to discuss the issues, but Officer Remka declined.

On May 27th, I had an appointment at Health Services with CAPS, the campus counseling service, which I've been seeing weekly since February to deal with the hostile situation I encountered at my student-teaching placement (among other things, I walked in on my mentor teacher having sex with another teacher, who he referred openly to as his "work wife"). The May 27th meeting with my last CAPS appointment.

I encountered Dean Andrew Campbell on the sidewalk near the main green, about a block away from where my appointment was. I introduced myself to him (he knew me through email only) and asked if we could please set up a meeting to discuss my expulsion from the university. He gave me the name of his office assistant, who I emailed that day. Here is the email:

Now, why Brown University would feel the need to ban me from the campus for this, other than to send a message of power, is beyond me. 

As Officer Remka stated, this ban includes locations like the Brown Bookstore, so if anyone wants to get coffee with me, we'll have to meet somewhere else. I haven't gotten the full map that was promised, but I imagine I'm not allowed to go to things like the Ladd Observatory, or attend Brown lectures, or eat (or work) in any restaurant or cafe whose premises are owned by Brown. 

I will challenge this through the appeals process, but nothing about the Brown "appeals process" strikes me as open, or likely to succeed. I was technically expelled through a graduate committee, which included as one of its members the person who was making the accusations against me, and which did not allow me to attend, testify, or see and challenge evidence. I received the right to "appeal" my expulsion by having it summarily rejected without getting the chance to meet with anyone about it. We'll see if this is any different.

As a matter of fact, though I attended the graduation ceremonies for my cohort, I encountered security quite often (usually to ask them for directions) and never had a problem. I have never previously been served with anything that said I should not appear on campus, though the last time I was on campus was to use the computers to publish my open letter to President Paxson. I have since started using Providence Public Library computers.

I guess getting banned from campuses happens to the best of us. 


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