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Security Notice: Sexual assault

Mar. 18, 2019, 7:35 AM

On Friday, March 15, VUPD received a report from a Campus Security Authority that a female student reported she had experienced a drug- or alcohol-facilitated sexual assault by a male student during the evening hours of Thursday, March 14, in an on-campus residence hall.

This security notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community 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 effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

Resources and assistance for students, faculty and staff:

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 Title IX and Student Discrimination Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

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