Student reports sexual assault on OSU campus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University Police released a public safety notice after a student told police she was raped on campus.

According to police a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted in her residence hall room in Canfield Hall on 11th Avenue early Saturday morning.

The woman  reported that she met two men at a bar on North High Street and that the two men offered to walk her home.

OSU Police is investigating.

Public Safety Notice – Columbus

Dear Ohio State Community Member:

You are receiving this notice because a crime has occurred that is considered to be of a concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community.

The purpose of this message is to heighten your safety awareness by providing community members with information necessary to take appropriate precautions, enable you to take actions to help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

This notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.

Public Safety Notice For: Campus Area, Off Campus, Academic Area, Residence Halls

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Alert Code: 2016 – 01

The following crime occurred in or near a residence hall.

Saturday evening (1/23/16), a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted in her residence hall room early Saturday morning. The female student reported that she met two males at a bar on N. High Street and that the two males offered to walk her to her residence hall on campus. OSU Police is actively investigating this matter.

Sexual assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent and can include sexual activity with someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol/drugs, whether ingested voluntarily or unknowingly. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor. No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault. Most perpetrators assault someone they know. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors.

Additional resources are available at: http://advocacy.osu.edu/sexual-violence/get-help/.

We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Rides: http://www.ps.ohio-state.edu/sss/escort_info/

Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact either the University Police, 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police, 614-645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS or the University Crime Stoppers Tips line at 614-247-TIPS.

For information about safety on Ohio State’s campus visit the following links:

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety http://dps.osu.edu
Student Safety Service http://dps.osu.edu/student-safety-service
Safety Tips http://dps.osu.edu/safety-tips
Police Division Daily Crime Log http://dps.osu.edu/daily-crime-log
Public Safety Notices http://dps.osu.edu/psn

For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at http://columbuspolice.org. Helpful links are listed as: Crime Information, Crime Prevention, Offense Reports, and Media Releases.

This Public Safety Notice is issued in compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. 34 CFR 668.46(e)

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