STORRS -- Police are investigating after a student reported that she was sexually assaulted in an on-campus dorm room at UConn over the weekend.
On April 17, a female student reported to a residential life staff that she had been in a dorm room of someone she knows when she was attacked. As many as three people may have participated in the sexual assault.
It's not clear if she knew her attackers, and UConn has not released information on which dorm the assault occurred in.
No information about the suspects was provided.
UConn sent out a campus-wide message from UConn Police Chief Barbara O'Connor about increasing awareness for safety to prevent similar crimes. Earlier this month the university sent out a message to students about sexual assault awareness and prevention:
Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our entire campus community. We write today, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to ensure that our students and employees are aware of the resources and reporting options available after any incident of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking.
Resources and support are available both on and off-campus to anyone in our community impacted by sexual violence. UConn’s Title IX website has detailed information regarding urgent and medical care, how UConn offices can help, confidential off-campus advocacy, and help for employees. In addition, each regional campus also has specific resources in place.
With respect to reporting and investigations, students and employees may contact law enforcement and the University. UConn Police may be reached 24/7 by calling (860) 486-4705 and should be contacted immediately, by calling 911 in the event of any safety concerns. UConn’s Office of Diversity and Equity (8-5, M-F) may be reached at (860) 486-2943. Both criminal and university reporting and investigations are explained in much greater detail online or by calling one of those offices.
The Dean of Students Office is also available to meet with any student in person to discuss these options further and in more detail.
Finally, we would like to note that the University currently is not affiliated with any apps or external websites claiming to be an official way to report any incident to the university. The way to submit a report or to access available University support services is by contacting UConn Police or the Office of Diversity and Equity directly.
For any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. We are here to support and listen to you.