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Special Alert—Report of Sexual Assault

Feb. 20, 2016

To: The Oberlin College Community From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security Date: February 20, 2016

A report of sexual assault has been shared with the office of Safety and Security. The sexual assault, which was reported may have been facilitated with incapacitation by a drug or drugs, occurred early Saturday, February 20, 2016. Oberlin Police Department was part of the response to the report, as well as the Safety and Security Office.

This information is also shared with the Oberlin Community to raise awareness of reporting options, support resources for those who have experienced sexual assault, and to provide information about an individual’s responsibility under the Oberlin Sexual Misconduct Policy.

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. That includes sexual conduct with a person who voluntarily participates in drug or alcohol use, and becomes unable to give consent, once under the influence. 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.

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 meredith.raimondo@oberlin.edu. The Title IX Student Advocate, Monique Burgdorf (private on campus) may be reached at (440) 775-5203 or via email mburgdor@oberlin.edu 16-0155