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SECURITY NOTICE: Sexual assault on campus

Jan. 19, 2018, 5:42 PM

On Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, VUPD received a report from a Campus Security Authority that a female student was the victim of a forcible fondling, involving inappropriate touching, in a campus residence hall on Jan. 16.

This security notice is being issued to remind students that:

  • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter.
  • The absence of “no” should not be understood to mean there is consent.
  • A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effects of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance, call (615) 421-1911, or for non-emergency assistance, call (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).

The Psychological and Counseling Center offers support and resources as well. The PCC can be reached at (615) 322-2571.