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Sexual Assault Reported At Vanderbilt University

Posted at 12:58 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 13:58:19-05

A sexual assault has been reported by a female student at Vanderbilt University.

According to an email sent to students early Monday morning, the alleged incident happened January 20 at a residence hall. 

The woman told the Campus Security Authority that she was sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance.

In response to the report, Vanderbilt issued the following reminders to students:

  • 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.

Anyone with information should call Vanderbilt University Police. In the event of an emergency, call (615)421-1911 or non-emergency: (615)322-2745.