California State University Police

CAMPUS CRIME ALERT

Sexual Assault at the UVA Residence Hall

 

THIS BULLETIN IS POSTED TO ADVISE YOU OF AN INCIDENT THAT CONCERNS THE SAFETY OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.  PLEASE TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

The University Police Department is investigating an alleged sexual assault of a female resident at the UVA residence hall, 200 Barham Dr.  The incident occurred on the night of Friday, October 31, and the early morning hours of November 1, 2014. The incident was reported to the University Police Department on Thursday, November 6, 2014. 

Suspect Description

White male, approximately 20-21 years of age, 5”9”, 130 pounds with short brown hair and green eyes

Suspect is not a student at Cal State San Marcos

Suspect is believed to live in San Bernardino County, California and is not in custody at this time

If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation please contact University Police at (760) 750-4567.  If you wish, you may report anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477.

Prevention tips:

  1. No Means No and Yes Means Yes.  A person who is intoxicated cannot give consent.  Alcohol contributes to sexual assault through multiple pathways, often exacerbating existing risk factors to include beliefs about alcohol’s effects on sexual and aggressive behavior, stereotypes about drinking women, and alcohol’s effects on cognitive and motor skills.

  2. To protect yourself please be mindful of who you allow into to your residence, and where they are allowed to go within the residence.  Look out for the safety of your roommates and other members of your community by reporting suspicious behavior. 

  3. When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.

  4. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see a situation in which a person may be assault, contact law enforcement immediately by dialing 911.

  5. Don’t be part of the problem- Having any type of sexual activity with an intoxicated person, can result in your arrest.

  6. Be part of the solution- If you see a behavior that you know will likely lead to a drug or alcohol related sexual assault, speak up, take action, be part of the solution.

CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT:  Victims of any form of sexual harassment or assault are 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.

REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY:  We also encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual misconduct to the university’s Title IX Coordinator, who can help provide resources, support and remedies, as well as determine whether the university needs to take further action to make victims, witnesses, and the rest of the campus community safe, as well as take steps to prevent a reoccurrence and eliminate sexual misconduct.  Please contact Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator:  (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.  Information about Victim Rights and Options can also be found on the university’s Title IX website:  http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.


CSUSM CAMPUS CRIME ALERT

Battery on Females
October 23, 2014

 

THIS BULLETIN IS POSTED TO ADVISE YOU OF AN INCIDENT THAT CONCERNS THE SAFETY OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.  PLEASE TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

Emeka Charles Ofoedu, a non-student, has been contacted on the Cal State San Marcos and Palomar Community College Campuses for inappropriate sexual advances that include the touching of females. Specifically, Ofoedu’s focus has been to caress, massage, or to place victim’s foot or toes in/on his mouth without the victim’s consent. Ofoedu has been arrested; however he has indicated that he will return to campus.

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Suspect Description

19 years of age, 5’10”, 180 lbs., and wears glasses

If you observe Ofeodu on campus or have been the victim of any similar behavior by Ofeodu, please contact the University Police at (760) 750-4567or the university's SAFE hotline at (760) 750-SAFE.

CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT:  Victims of any form of sexual harassment or assault are 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.

REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY: We also encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual misconduct to the university’s Title IX Coordinator, who can help provide resources, support and remedies, as well as determine whether the university needs to take further action to make victims, witnesses, and the rest of the campus community safe, as well as take steps to prevent a reoccurrence and eliminate sexual misconduct.  Please contact Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator:  (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.  Information about Victim Rights and Options can also be found on the university’s Title IX website:  http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.


CSUSM CAMPUS CRIME ALERT

Sexual Assault at QUAD Residence Hall
October 4, 2014

THIS BULLETIN IS POSTED TO ADVISE YOU OF AN INCIDENT THAT CONCERNS THE SAFETY OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. PLEASE TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

The University Police Department is investigating an alleged sexual assault (rape) of a female resident at the QUAD residence hall, 200 Barham Dr. The incident occurred between the night of Friday, September 12, 2014, and the morning of Sunday, September 14, 2014. The incident was reported to the University Police Department on Friday, October 3, 2014. The male suspect had been invited to a party at the residence hall where he met the victim.

Suspect Description
Suspect Description African-American male, 18 years of age, 5'8”, 170lbs. with short black hair and brown eyes.
Suspect is not a student at Cal State San Marcos.
Suspect is believed to live in Orange County, California and is not in custody at this time.

  
If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation please contact the University Police at (760) 750-4567 or the university's SAFE hotline at (760) 750-SAFE. If you wish, you may report anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477.

Safety tips:

  1. To protect yourself please be mindful of who is invited to your residence, and where they are allowed to go within the residence. Look out for the safety of your roommates and other members of your community by reporting suspicious behavior. If you are at a location and feel threatened or vulnerable leave the area and call a friend, someone you trust or the police.
  2. When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  3. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  4. Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you’ve left your drink alone, just get a new one.
  5. Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don’t drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  6. Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  7. If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately. Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

Find additional safety tips at www.rainn.org. RAINN – "Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network"

CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT:  Victims of any form of sexual harassment or assault are 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.

REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY: We also encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual misconduct to the university's Title IX Coordinator, who can help provide resources, support and remedies, as well as determine whether the university needs to take further action to make victims, witnesses, and the rest of the campus community safe, as well as take steps to prevent a reoccurrence and eliminate sexual misconduct. Please contact Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator: (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/. Information about Victim Rights and Options can also be found on the university's Title IX website: http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.


CSUSM CAMPUS CRIME ALERT

Sexual Assault at QUAD Residence Hall
September 25, 2014

THIS BULLETIN IS POSTED TO ADVISE YOU OF AN INCIDENT THAT CONCERNS THE SAFETY OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.  PLEASE TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

The University Police Department is investigating an alleged sexual assault (rape) of a female resident at the QUAD residence hall, 200 Barham Dr. The incident occurred between Thursday night (Sept. 18, 2014) and Friday morning (Sept 19, 2014). The University Police Department was informed of the alleged assault on Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014. The male suspect had been invited to a party at the residence hall where he met the victim. 

Suspect Description
African-American, 21 years of age, 5'8", 160lbs. with short black hair and brown eyes
Suspect wears square diamond earrings in each ear
Suspect is not a student at Cal State San Marcos
Suspect is believed to live in Escondido, California and is not in custody at this time

  
If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation please contact the University Police at (760) 750-4567 or the university's SAFE hotline at (760) 750-SAFE. If you wish, you may report anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477.

Safety tips:

  1. To protect yourself please be mindful of who is invited to your residence, and where they are allowed to go within the residence. Look out for the safety of your roommates and other members of your community by reporting suspicious behavior. If you are at a location and feel threatened or vulnerable leave the area and call a friend, someone you trust or the police. 
  2. When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  3. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  4. Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you've left your drink alone, just get a new one.
  5. Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don't drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  6. Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they've had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  7. If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately. Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

Find additional safety tips at www.rainn.org. RAINN – "Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network"

CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT:  Victims of any form of sexual harassment or assault are 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.

REPORTING TO THE UNIVERSITY: We also encourage victims and witnesses to report sexual misconduct to the university's Title IX Coordinator, who can help provide resources, support and remedies, as well as determine whether the university needs to take further action to make victims, witnesses, and the rest of the campus community safe, as well as take steps to prevent a reoccurrence and eliminate sexual misconduct. Please contact Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator: (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/. Information about Victim Rights and Options can also be found on the university's Title IX website: http://www.csusm.edu/title9/.


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 jodi.cleesattle@doj.ca.gov
  • Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator: (760) 750-4056 or http://www.csusm.edu/title9/
  • Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477