CSUSM CAMPUS CRIME ALERT
Possible Threat to the Campus Community
Sexual Assault and Rape
August 22, 2014
In compliance with the "Timely Notice" provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and CSUSM University Police Department's policy, we are issuing this notice of reports and allegations of disturbing acts of violence:
REPORTED INCIDENTS: The California State University San Marcos University Police Department received a report of sexual assault (rape) over the weekend of May 4, 2014 at an off-campus party hosted by the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and its members (TKE is not a recognized CSUSM student organization). TKE is also known as "The Kollege Experience." The circumstances of the alleged assault suggest the involvement of date rape drugs and that the assailant is alleged to be a member of TKE. The University Police Department is working with the Oceanside Police Department in their investigation of this incident, which is ongoing.
The university has received additional reports of sexual assaults purportedly involving the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and its members. These additional alleged incidents were described as having occurred on or near the university campus, and at off-campus residences allegedly inhabited by TKE members. Other alleged recent criminal behaviors related to the TKE fraternity include, but are not limited to, pervasive hazing, illegal victim/witness intimidation, harassment and tampering, vandalism, providing drugs and alcohol to minors, and illegal drug use.
Victim/witness intimidation and harassment constitutes illegal retaliation, could result in criminal charges if it interferes with a criminal investigation, and will not be tolerated.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: TKE is not a recognized student organization at CSUSM. However, most of its local members are believed to be current CSUSM students, some of whom are alleged to have engaged in these unsafe and violent behaviors directed toward other CSUSM students. TKE lost its recognition as a student organization in 2005 as a result of underage alcohol use and failure of the organization to maintain academic standing required of recognized fraternities and sororities. All recognized student organizations at CSUSM participate in an advisement and education program. Additionally, recognized student organizations have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner reflective of the university's core values including respect, inclusivity and diversity. Recognized student organizations must have organizational policies that are consistent with those of the university including regulations involving non-discrimination and no hazing.
SUSPECT: White male, 19 years old, 5'9" and 130 lbs., blonde or brown hair and blue eyes. Other suspects yet to be identified.
Because there has been more than one report, and because of the nature and severity of the alleged criminal behavior, we consider these reports to represent a potentially serious and continuing threat to students and others in the university community, and that conditions may continue to exist that may pose a threat to the campus community into the future. While all reasonable precautions are being taken by law enforcement and the university, it is our duty to warn of possible dangerous conditions on or near the campus. You should carefully consider whether your presence at or near TKE social events and parties could place you in danger of sexual assault, date rape drugs, or similar illegal drug or alcohol use and abuse.
The phenomenon of drugs being used to facilitate sexual assault has been widely reported across the country. The CSUSM Police Department urges the university community to be alert to the possibility and take steps to protect themselves. Date rape drugs, commonly known as Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine, can be slipped into an unsuspecting person's drink. Rapid and severe intoxication follows, along with dramatically reduced inhibitions and memory loss. In this condition, anyone can be extremely vulnerable to sexual assault.
To protect yourself, do not leave drinks unattended and be wary of accepting drinks from people you do not know well. To be even more careful, make sure that you open and pour your own drink, and don't share drinks with others. It is also wise to use the buddy system while socializing – when you go out with friends, agree to keep an eye on one another and to go home together. If a friend exhibits symptoms of severe intoxication, and/or date rape drug ingestion, seek medical help immediately. Signs to look for include: dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the alcohol consumed.
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of such illegal conduct, including threats, intimidation and/or retaliation, please report these incidents to the university, local law enforcement or the California Attorney General's Office (at the contact numbers indicated below).
CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT: Victims of any form of sexual harassment or assault are also strongly encouraged to seek confidential support at CSUSM's Student Health and Counseling Center, 120 Craven Road Suite 100, (760) 750-4915; office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:45 pm. Off campus, The Center for Community Solutions offers a 24-Hour toll free County-wide crisis line for crisis intervention and information referrals related to sexual assault in San Diego at 1-888-385-4657 (FREE). More information is available at http://www.ccssd.org/. Reporting to a confidential counselor or sexual assault advocate WILL NOT RESULT IN A REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR THE UNIVERSITY. These counseling professionals are required by law to keep your identity and information confidential.
In emergency situations, always dial 911.
If you have any information that might be helpful in the ongoing administrative or criminal investigations related to these incidents, please contact the CSUSM SAFE line at (760) 750-SAFE or University Police at (760) 750-4567. If you wish, you may report anonymously by calling the CSUSM SAFE line. You may also contact the following to make a report:
- Oceanside Police Department, Case # 14-005745: (760) 435-4900
- San Diego County Sheriff's Department: (858) 565-5200
- The California Attorney General's Office: Deputy Attorney General Jodi Cleesattle at (619) 645-3150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator: (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/
- Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477