Clery Notice: Reported Sexual Imposition
April 6, 2013
To: The Oberlin College Community From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
On Friday, April 5, 2013 at approximately 11:05 p.m. the Office of Safety and Security received a report of unwanted touching and grinding against at least one other person present in Wilder Sco by a patron. A person identified as responsible for the alleged behavior was removed.
Unwelcome or inappropriate touching and/or sexual conduct, even in a social setting including music, is considered a violation of both the College Sexual Offense Policy, and potentially a violation of State law. Any such behavior should be immediately reported to staff that may assist, and to Safety and Security and/or the Oberlin Police Department for response, as was done in relation to this incident. Any Oberlin College community member who finds specific behavior hostile, offensive, or intimidating; is subject to unwanted physical contact of any kind; or is subject to sexual contact, for which consent has not been given, can and should report that behavior immediately to Safety and Security for assistance.
While not all crimes can be prevented, and the below advise may not be specific for this incident, this communication with the community is to remind each member to take special care for your own safety and for the safety of others, and to be well-acquainted with the requirements of Oberlin’s Sexual Offense Policy. Safety Tips for the Community • Make a plan to attend and leave social functions with responsible and trusted friends who share your own values and will not change their plans once in attendance. As support for your community, report situations that pose a risk for persons present. • Be aware that alcohol and drugs often compromise both one’s ability to make decisions about their own appropriate behavior or help one stay out of unwanted situations. • Do not use drugs or alcohol to loosen inhibitions or as an excuse to rationalize your own abusive behavior toward someone else later. Voluntary intoxication is not an excuse for unacceptable behavior under the law or under college regulations. • Seek assistance when needed--the College Medical Amnesty Policy allows a student at medical risk to seek medical attention for him- or her- self or another for intoxication or overdose without formal College sanction for illegal use or possession of alcohol or other drugs when College policies have been violated in conjunction with intoxication or overdose. • Seek assistance from the Oberlin Police if there is an emergency. Dial 9-1-1. Contact Safety and Security for a safety escort if you need assistance leaving a social function by calling (440) 775-8444 or Ext. 58444 from on campus. RideLine transportation is available 9 pm to 2 am by calling 440-775-RIDE.
Oberlin College Safety and Security urges anyone who believes they have been victim of a sexual offense to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency. On campus, Safety and Security can be contacted at 440-775-8911. Oberlin Police can be contacted at Emergency 911, or directly at 440-774-1061. Victims of any form of sexual assault are encouraged to seek support 24-hours a day through the Lorain County Rape Crisis Center at 1-800-888-6161, and report the offense to the Sexual Offense Policy Administrator at 440-775-8555. 13-0385