Brown University will form a committee to examine an incident last month in which protesters disrupted a speech by New York City’s police commissioner, leading the institution to call off the event.
In a letter to the campus on Wednesday, Brown’s president, Christina H. Paxson, wrote that she would appoint a “Committee on the Events of October 29th” to review the circumstances of the incident and “identify issues that may have contributed to the disruption.” The committee will include five faculty members, two undergraduates, and one graduate student.
She said that after the committee completes the first phase of its activities, “we will determine whether individuals or organizations involved should be referred to the university’s established processes for resolving alleged violations of the code of student conduct.”
Ms. Paxson wrote that the committee would also be charged with addressing broader issues such as the campus climate and free speech. “Specifically,” she said, “the committee will make recommendations regarding how the university community can maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students while upholding our deep commitment to the free exchange of ideas.”