This notice is provided for your safety and in compliance with the timely warning notice provisions of the Clery Act.
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, at about 2:00 PM, the University of Central Arkansas Police Department received a report alleging that a university student was sexually assaulted by another student, who was an acquaintance, in an on campus residence hall.
In response to this incident, the UCA Police Department is providing the following information on acquaintance sexual assaults. This information is general in nature, and has no relation to this specific incident.
It is most common for sexual assaults to involve someone the victim knows, typically a date or acquaintance, rather than a stranger. To minimize your risk of being sexually assaulted by someone you know, it is critical to keep the following points in mind:
- Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation.
- If you engage in sex, be sure you understand your partner’s limits, and communicate your own limits clearly. Don’t engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner.
- Have a companion or a safe means of getting home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi. The UCA Police Department is available to provide safety escorts on campus 24 hours a day. Call 501-450-3111.
- Alcohol and drugs are sometimes used to create vulnerability to sexual assault and may impair yours and your acquaintance’s judgment. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between acquaintance rape and drug/alcohol usage. Keep control of your drink.
- If you are sexually assaulted, you have several options; please see related information at this website: www.ucapd.org/go/sexoffenses. If you choose a police investigation of this crime, we will investigate, provide support, and offer related services.
- Sex offenses are treated with the greatest seriousness on our campus; criminal and/or severe disciplinary action can be taken. If a criminal case is brought, we will support you as much as possible as you pursue it. In the case of disciplinary action, it is our university’s commitment that a victim shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.
The UCA Police Department offers self defense courses and other safety programming throughout the academic year. UCA Police encourage students to walk in groups when possible and to report crimes immediately by calling 911. Always use your best judgement and avoid situations or circumstances that may increase any risk to your personal safety.