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Security Notices

10/23/2021 Sexual Assault

On Saturday morning, October 23, 2021, VUPD was notified by VUMC personnel that a VU student checked into the Emergency Department and reported she was sexually assaulted during the night in her campus residence hall room.

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community that:

  • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter.
  • The absence of "no" should not be understood to mean there is consent.
  • A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

Resources and Assistance for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE(7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004. 

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

 

9/12/2021 Sexual Assault

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, VUPD received a report from a Campus Security Authority that a female student was sexually assaulted by a male student during the early hours of Saturday, September 11, 2021 in a campus residence hall.

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community that:

  • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter.
  • The absence of "no" should not be understood to mean there is consent.
  • A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

Resources and Assistance for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE(7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004. 

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

 

9/11/2021 Sexual Assault

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, VUPD received a report from a Campus Security Authority that a female student was sexually assaulted by a male student this morning in a residence hall.

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community that:

  • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter.
  • The absence of "no" should not be understood to mean there is consent.
  •  A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

Resources and Assistance for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE(7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004. 

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

 

9/9/2021 Sexual Assault

On Thursday, September, 9, 2021, a Campus Security Authority reported the following two separate incidents to VUPD that are not believed to be related.

A male student reported that they were sexually assaulted by another male student on September 8, 2021, in a residence hall. Additionally, VUPD received another report where a male student reported that they were sexually assaulted by another male student on August 28, 2021, in a residence hall.

 This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community that:

  • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter.
  • The absence of "no" should not be understood to mean there is consent.
  • A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

Resources and Assistance for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE(7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004. 

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571.

 

8/28/2021 Sexual Assault

On Saturday, August 28, 2021, VUPD received a report from a Campus Security Authority that a female student was sexually assaulted by a male student during the evening hours of Friday, August 27, 2021, in a residence hall.

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community that:

  • Sexual assault does not just occur between strangers.
  • Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter.
  • The absence of "no" should not be understood to mean there is consent.
  • A person who is asleep or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, is not  capable of giving valid consent.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.

 

Resources and Assistance for Student, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571. 

 

5/21/2021 Sexual Assault

VUPD has received a report from MNPD of a sexual assault of a non-affiliated female victim that occurred on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at approximately 9pm. The victim was entering her vehicle parked near Terrace Place and the Baker Building when approached by the suspect with a pocketknife.  The suspect sexually assaulted the victim in her vehicle and then fled the area in a silver 4-door sedan towards downtown Nashville.

This is an active and ongoing MNPD investigation.

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community:

  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/or building and while you proceed between sites.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  • Stay alert and trust your instincts – If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • If a stranger does approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Stay alert  - If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can.

 

Resources and Assistance for Student, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571. 

 

5/10/2021 Aggravated Assault - Off Campus

Vanderbilt University Police Department received a report of possible gun shots at the Holiday Inn on West End Ave at approximately 1:34 PM. VUPD personnel arrived at 1:36 PM along with Metro Police and Metro Fire Department.

On arrival, there was no immediate indication of any crime having occurred, nor any victim. However, the Vanderbilt University Police Department continued to investigate. At 2:30 PM through review of video surveillance, VUPD observed a confrontation between individuals in two vehicles. This information, along with several reports of possible gun shots initiated the dissemination of an AlertVU to the University and Medical Center.

The two vehicles in question, a silver Dodge Charger and a silver Buick, were observed on video fleeing the campus area.

  *****This is an active and ongoing investigation, however, there is no ongoing threat to the Vanderbilt Community.*****

This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community:

  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/or building and while you proceed between sites.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  • Stay alert and trust your instincts – If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • If a stranger does approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Stay alert  - If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can.

 

Resources and Assistance for Student, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571. 

 

5/6/2021 Aggravated Assault - Off Campus

On Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:58 pm, MNPD responded to a shooting in close proximity to campus, involving a victim not affiliated with Vanderbilt. The shooting occurred behind McDonalds in the Centennial Park area.  It was reported that the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction driving a gray Dodge Caravan. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

  *****This is an active and ongoing investigation.*****

 

 This Security Notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community:

  • Stay alert and trust your instincts – If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
  • If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Walk with a group of people, not alone.
  • Lock doors and windows of your room/building.
  • Don't prop open doors or allow strangers to “piggyback” into the residence hall doors.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best you can.
  • Watch out for each other. If you see someone who looks like they do not belong in the building or area, notify VUPD.

 

Resources and Assistance for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need assistance call: (615) 421-1911 or non-emergency: (615) 322-2745.

The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).

The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) can be reached at (615) 322-2571.