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By far the most notable recent comment posted at the bam website came in response to a letter in the May/June BAM from Associate Professor of Medicine Robert S. Crausman '85, '88 MD. In it, Crausman referred to the infamous 1996 sexual misconduct case involving Adam Lack '97 and Sara Klein '99, in which the University Disciplinary Committee found Lack guilty of "nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature." Lack was sentenced to a six-month suspension, but, upon appeal to the provost, the charge was lowered to "serious issues of personal and sexual conduct" and the sentence became two semesters of probation.

What happened next was much worse. The case helped ignite a scorching episode in the U.S. culture wars and an inferno of sexual politics. Lack soon found himself on the front page of the Chronicle of Higher Education and the focus of a John Stossel report on 20/20. Lack sued Klein and Brown, and the whole mess was finally settled in a confidential court settlement.

Lack died last July in a one-car crash.

In his letter noting Lack's death, Crausman wrote that Lack "brought much-needed attention to the profound discretionary power of the administration over the campus disciplinary system and to the importance of respecting students' civil rights. His experience at Brown raised difficult questions that challenged us all."

William Lack, Adam's brother and a surgical resident in Iowa City ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it ), responded at brownalumnimagazine.com: "Dr. Crausman makes several worthy comments regarding the sexual misconduct case involving Adam Lack. As Adam's little brother, I witnessed most of the fallout from the controversy while a high school student in Osage, Iowa. I would like to add my personal perspective on my older brother, who was also my mentor, my compass.

"I am not a Brown alumnus, but now that Adam is deceased, I would like to enter a comment in his stead. Adam was and will remain a gentle and thoughtful soul who entered Brown with an innocent mentality that he never recovered. He did, however, manage to complete his degree, despite unsettling odds, and he had managed to move on prior to his tragic death. It was particularly trying for someone of Adam's ethic (you would have to know him) to weather the storm of personal attacks that came his way.

"In addition, since attending Brown he'd lost not only his father to cancer—Adam cared for him at home—but also two of his closest personal friends: Ray Rocha '95 (incinerated on 9/11 on the 105th floor of One World Trade Center) and Dimi Gavriel '97 (killed as a Marine corporal in Fallujah, Iraq).

"I wish only that they can all be in peace together now. I will continue to live my life as I have since birth, attempting to emulate the man who was there for family, friends, and strangers alike. I will always wish to be just slightly more like my big brother."





Comments (2)
03/21/13
 
First I am deeply sorry for your loss. Second, I hope your brothers case has brought this to peoples attention. Ive had sex drunk but never thought of blaming t he guy. I put the alcohol in my mouth. If a woman or a man make the decision to drink till pass out, there will be consequences. No one deserves to be raped and taken advantage of. I could never falsly accuse a guy just because I was embarrassed I couldnt remember my actions. Especially weeks later. I hope your brothers helps other innocent men accused falsly. Both men and woman have to be held accountable for their part.
 
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02/18/15
 
I remember this case and will NEVER forget the video of Stossel on campus as vicious, piranha-like, rabid, foaming at the mouth Brown coeds attacked him like rabid dogs. I wish someone would post the name of that main girl who went bat-sh*t-crazy at Stossel so I could see what she is up to (god forbid that some poor guy has married her). The "rape" crisis on college campus is lonely, desperate for a boyfriend & attention coeds, falsely claiming rape against innocent guys. When a guy gets drunk and has sex with one of these fat, ugly hogs ... he calls it a mistake. When a coed gets drunk and has sex and the guy doesn't call her or ignores her the next party, she tells all of her fellow man-hating uglies that she was raped. TRUTH
 
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