Security notice: Sexual assault

Vanderbilt University Police Department has received a report from the Metro Nashville Police Department of a sexual assault of a non-affiliated female victim that occurred on May 20, 2021, at approximately 9 p.m. The victim was entering her vehicle parked near Terrace Place and the Baker Building when approached by the suspect with a pocketknife. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim in her vehicle and then fled the area in a silver four-door sedan toward downtown Nashville.

This is an active and ongoing MNPD investigation.

This security notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community:

  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle or building and while you proceed between sites.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  • Stay alert and trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • If a stranger does approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Stay alert. If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can.

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 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 Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.
  • The University Counseling Center can be reached at (615) 322-2571.