Security Notice: Sexual assault

On the evening of April 27, 2022, a female student reported to VUPD that she was grabbed on the buttocks by an unknown male while walking in the parking lot in front of Vanderbilt Law School. The suspect was last seen leaving campus in the area of 21st Avenue South and West End Avenue.

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community that:

  • Sexual assault is a crime.
  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle and/or building and while you proceed between locations.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
  • Watch out for each other. If you see someone who looks like they do not belong in the building or area, notify VUPD.
  • Know the location of emergency phones.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD.
  • Download the VandySafe app to:
    • Contact VUPD via phone call or real-time chat.
    • Trigger a mobile blue light that shares your location instantly with VUPD.
    • Initiate a “virtual walk home” where VUPD can monitor your walk home or to the car or office.
    • Submit iReports and crime tips.
    • View information about VandyRide.
    • Access support resources.
    • View an emergency guide.

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 Office can be reached at 615-343-9004.

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

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