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PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) - A fundraising director for Brown University, Peter Cohen, has been placed on administrative leave following a report that accused him of covering up Jeffrey Epstein's connections to the MIT Media Lab. 

Cohen began working at Brown in October 2018 as a Director of Development for Computer and Data Science Initiatives. 

A spokesman for the University, Brian Clark said that Brown is aware of the content of recent news reports about Cohen's work in the media lab of MIT, which received funds from Jeffrey Epstein.

Clark also said that Brown University has not received any funds from Jeffrey Epstein in Its history. 

"We are engaged in a review of available information regarding Mr. Cohen in the context of Brown University policies, core values and the University’s commitment to treat employees fairly. Mr. Cohen is on administrative leave pending this review. The review does not constitute any adverse determination, and it would be premature to speak to any potential outcomes," said Clark.

Clark told ABC6 that consistent with Brown's responsibility as a fair employer, details of assessments of individual employees of the school are not discussed publicly, but he can share that Brown conducts reviews under a range of circumstances which include assessing alignment with the school's values. 

WLNE-TV/ABC6 2019 

*This story uses information from the Associated Press