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Special Alert--Report of Sexual Assault

Sept. 4, 2015

To: The Oberlin College Community

From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security

Date: September 3, 2015

A report of sexual assault has been shared by a College administrator with the office of Safety and Security. The sexual assault that occurred on campus last week was reported by a third party and no additional detail of the incident has been reported at this time. When reports of sexual assault are made, the report is shared with the Oberlin Police Department. The information is also shared with the Oberlin community to raise awareness of reporting options and support resources for those who have experienced sexual assault.

Oberlin College Safety and Security and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion / Title IX urges anyone who believes they have experienced sexual assault to immediately seek medical assistance and/or notify law enforcement for assistance (Call 9-1-1 for emergencies or Oberlin Police Department directly at 440-774-1061). Emergency assistance from the Lorain County Rape Crisis Center, the Nord Center Sexual Assault Care Unit, and the Lorain County Mental Health Crisis Hotline can be obtained at 1-800-888-6161.

There are also on-campus reporting options to report misconduct or violence. Information, support, and resources may be obtained from the Office of Equity Concerns / Title IX Coordinator Meredith Raimondo, Cox 202, at 440-775-8555, or via email to meredith.raimondo@oberlin.edu. Non-consensual sexual conduct, unwelcome or inappropriate touching, and administering intoxicants drugs or alcohol to cloud judgment are considered violations of the Oberlin Sexual Offense Policy, as well as violations of State law. Any Oberlin College community member who finds specific behavior hostile, offensive, or intimidating; witnesses or is subject to unwanted physical contact of any kind; or is subject to sexual conduct for which consent has not been given, can and should report that behavior immediately to Safety and Security for assistance. Safety and Security may be reached at 440-775-8444. You are encouraged to program this 24-hour number into your cell phone.

There are also confidential resources and support available. For students, the Oberlin College Counseling Center is available at 440-775-8470 or the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is available at 440-775-5191. The student advocate (Private on Campus) is Monique Burgdorf, 440-775-5203. For employees, the Lorain County Rape Crisis 24-hour hotline is 1-800-888-6161, and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) number is 1-800-989-3277.

Oberlin College will not tolerate any type of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination, and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, and is committed to taking all appropriate steps to eliminate these forms of sexual misconduct, prevent their recurrence, and address their effects. The full Sexual misconduct Policy may be found on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website new.oberlin.edu/office/equity-concerns/.