UK police notify campus of sexual abuse in residence hall


Casey Sebastiano, Reporter

A crime bulletin was issued by UK Police Department via a campus-wide email on Friday, April 28, to inform the UK community of a sexual assault that occurred on campus.

According to the email, the victim was sexually abused by another student on Saturday, April 22, in a residence hall. The victim knew the suspect.

The email assured the campus community that UKPD is actively working on this case.

“UK Police is actively investigating this matter and the appropriate campus units are working with individuals involved to provide resources and support,” the email said.

The email echoed UK’s safety initiatives for the campus community. UKPD included tips in the email to uphold these initiatives.

  • “Make sure you have affirmative consent before engaging in sexual activities with someone. The university’s definition of ‘affirmative consent’ can be found in Administrative Regulation 6.2.
  • Consent is an active agreement to participate in that activity at that time. If someone says no, it means no. If someone is silent, it does not mean yes. If someone changes their mind, it means no.
  • Learn about active bystanding. While bystanders are not always present when sexual assault occurs, there may be red flags we can notice beforehand. 
  • When possible make statements – ‘BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!’ You deserve to be respected.
  • Request a FREE SAFECATS student safety escort or coordinate after-hours on-demand bus service during the fall and spring semesters by calling (859) 257-SAFE(7233).
  • Request a FREE Kentucky Wildcab ride through the Uber app, available in the app store and Google play. Complete the Wildcat Uber enrollment form, which grants you access to the free Wildcab option. Kentucky Wildcat is available 10 p.m. through 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday when fall and spring semester classes are in session,” the email said.

UKPD ended the email by reminding the campus community that victims of sexual abuse are never at fault. 

“Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator,” the email said.

Any incident of harassment or sexual assault can be reported to the Title IX coordinator at 859-257-8927 or via their website.

If you or someone you know have been a victim of violence, you can contact the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP) at 859-257-3574 or visit their website for additional resources.