Butler University Police concerned about possible unverified sexual assault incident

October 8, 2011

This Timely Warning is being issued by Director of Public Safety Director Benjamin Hunter

The Butler University Department of Public Safety on October 6, 2011 received a report of an unverified and possible sexual assault that occurred over the weekend of September 23, 2011. The circumstances of this assault are unknown and the campus location cannot be verified as the reported victim has not contacted the University Police in person. The University Police has assigned an investigator to this unverified report and encourages anyone with information to contact Detective Bruce Allee at 317-940-9396.

Reports of sexual assaults to the University Police, even by a third party, may require a federal mandated Timely Warning to disclose the potential danger of an individual committing a crime on or near the campus of Butler University. The University takes all reports of crime very seriously and strongly encourages anyone with information to assist by providing tips or leads to ensure validation that a crime occurred, possible prosecution of an offender, and continue to facilitate a safe campus environment.

In the interest of campus safety, University Police would like to remind everyone of the importance of personal safety precautions.

Don’t leave residence hall doors propped open.

Be aware of unescorted visitors inside residence halls and Greek housing.

Do not open your door to strangers.

Report any suspicious activity to University Police by dialing 911 from a campus phone, or pre-programming your cell phone and dialing 317-940-9999.

Do not consume alcoholic beverages if you are under the age of 21, and do not consume excess amounts or leave drinks unattended.

Do not go with unknown persons to their dorm, fraternity, apartment, or any room or let them into your room.

Students who have been a victim of sexual assault are urged to seek support from a trained Victim Advocate by calling 317-910-5572. This support is available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information can be found by visiting http://www.butler.edu/health-education/victim-advocate/

If you have information and would like to report it anonymously, you can do so by visiting the University Police Silent Watch web page http://www.butler.edu/public-safety/university-police/silent-watch/

All reported sexual assaults to University Police will be fully investigated and may be presented to the Marion County Prosecutors Office for review. If you are a defined University Campus Security Authority (CSA), you are reminded that University Police shall be notified by federal law. CSA’s can use the following form to report delayed crimes they were notified of by students, faculty or staff http://www.butler.edu/public-safety/policies-and-procedures/campus-security-authority-(csa)

Timely Warnings are intended to make the campus community aware of a specific incident or information reported to have occurred to the University Police. Timely Warnings may be sent by various methods, including email, web postings, or text messages only when an incident does not constitute use of the Emergency Notification System (DawgAlert). As a reminder, you can sign-up and update your contact information in DawgAlert by visiting this link http://www.butler.edu/public-safety/dawg-alert/

This timely warning is meant to fulfill the requirement of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act is a federal law that requires universities to disclose certain information about campus crime and security policies.

If you have questions, concerns or would like additional Crime Watch tips, please contact University Police at 317-940-9396.

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