Sexual assault reported to have taken place in residence hall


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The header of the emergency notification that was sent to the campus community early Wednesday morning.

Early Wednesday morning, the Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) broadcast an emergency notification to the campus community that they were investigating a sexual assault that was reported Tuesday evening. The statement read:

It was reported to the Oakland University Police Department on Tuesday, December 7, that a sexual assault took place in a residence hall on campus between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on that day. The suspect and the person who reported the incident were acquaintances.

The suspect is described as a male with brown eyes and black hair, approximately 21 years old. He stands approximately 5 feet, 6” tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds.”

This report was the second broadcast concerning sexual assault that the campus community has received this semester, the first coming on Oct. 8 concerning the investigation of a sexual assault that took place on campus last May.

OUPD outlines the following about reporting and preventing sexual assault:

The Oakland University Police Department recommends that campus community members familiarize themselves with what constitutes sexual assault and, as a community, be vigilant in stopping it.

  • Always seek consent. Stop your sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest, and especially if they say “no.”
  • The absence of a “no” is not a “yes.”
  • If you have sex with a person who is incapacitated or unable to resist or consent (due to alcohol, drugs or unconsciousness) you are committing a sexual assault.
  • Call for help if you witness a crime.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably is not the best place to be.
  • If you feel your safety is at risk, or need assistance or an escort on campus; please contact the Oakland University Police Department