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Sexual assault reported on campus

| Friday, November 13, 2015

Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a report of sexual assault committed Saturday, according to an email sent to students Thursday night.

The assault reportedly occurred in a West Quad men’s residence hall, the email stated. This is the third sexual assault report NDSP has sent to students this school year.

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 said. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given.

“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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