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Sexual assault reported on campus

| Monday, April 20, 2015

Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a report of sexual assault committed late Friday night, according to an email sent to students at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The reported assault occurred in a South Quad men’s residence hall, the email stated.

The email was the fourth students received this school year to report a sex offense. The allegations mark the seventh sex offense reported to NDSP or other University officials during this academic year, according to information released in the NDSP’s Clery Report daily log.

The email quoted “du Lac: A Guide to Student Life,” Notre Dame’s official policy book, and warned students of the risks of sexual assault as well as the standards of consent.

“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given.

“Students should maintain caution and awareness of their surroundings to avoid risks.

“On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger. Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.

“The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault. Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.”

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