Special Alert—Report of Sexual Assault
Jan. 22, 2016
To: The Oberlin College Community From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security Date: January 22, 2016
A report of sexual assault has been shared with the office of Safety and Security and the Title IX office by a College administrator who received the report from a student. The sexual assault was reported to have involved incapacitation by alcohol and/or drugs to have occurred in a house off campus on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Title IX Student Advocate, Monique Burgdorf (private on campus) may be reached at (440) 775-5203 or via email email@example.com
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 (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 provides a policy in relation to sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination, and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, and is committed to taking appropriate steps to address the effects of sexual misconduct. The full Sexual Misconduct Policy may be found on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website