Special Alert--Reports of Sexual Assault
Nov. 13, 2015
To: The Oberlin College Community
From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security
Date: November 13, 2015
Two reports of sexual assault have been shared with the office of Safety and Security:
- A sexual assault that involved incapacitation by alcohol and/or drugs reported today by the Title IX Coordinator was to have occurred at a private party in mid-October, 2015, in a house near but not part of campus.
- A sexual assault that occurred at the end of October in a village house was reported by a third party “responsible employee” staff member to the Title IX Office. No further information about the circumstances has been shared.
Reports of sexual assault to the Title IX office often enable the person subject to an assault to obtain support services. The reports are 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, and to provide information about an individual’s responsibility under the Oberlin Sexual Misconduct Policy.
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 911 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 email@example.com. Title IX Student Advocate Monique Burgdorf (private on campus) may be reached at (440) 775-5203 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-consensual sexual conduct, unwelcome or inappropriate touching, and administering intoxicants (drugs or alcohol) to cloud judgment are considered violations of the Oberlin Sexual Misconduct 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 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/)