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Security Notice: Sexual assault

Oct. 23, 2019, 11:07 AM

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, VUPD received a report from a Campus Security Authority that a female student was sexually assaulted by a male student in a residential housing facility during the weekend of Oct. 13, 2019.

This security sotice 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 effects 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 can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

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