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Aug. 24, 2011

Sexual assault reported on UI campus

University of Iowa Police received a third-party report on Aug. 23 that a female student was sexually assaulted. The report states that the alleged assault occurred at Daum Residence Hall the weekend of Aug. 20-21. UI police have not received actionable information to enable an investigation to proceed at this time. However, the Campus Security Act mandates that the university issue a timely warning. 

While few details are known about the reported incident, UI Police recommend people walk in groups when possible and report crimes immediately by calling 911. They also encourage people to use NITE Ride, Cambus and other reliable transportation services and to avoid situations or circumstances that may increase the risk to their personal safety.

There are 22 emergency telephones strategically placed around campus. A single push of illuminated button summons UIPD officers, allows dispatchers to hear the situation, and triggers the bright blue strobe light at the top of a 9-foot pole. UI Police offer Rape Aggression Defense courses as well as personal safety information through a Crime Prevention Specialist. See http://police.uiowa.edu for more information. WhistleSAFE whistles are also available at the RVAP office, from the UI Main Library, at University Counseling service or any of the UI residence halls.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call 319-335-5022 or Iowa City Crimestoppers at 319-358-TIPS. Callers to Crimestoppers with information leading to a conviction may be eligible for a reward. Confidential victim advocacy services are available for all community members through the Rape Victim Advocacy Program's 24-hour crisis line at 319-335-6000. Visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~rvap/ for more information.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu