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UKPD reports case of sexual assault on and off campus


Two incidents of sexual assault occurred on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, according to a campus-wide email from UKPD.

The email reported the suspect and victim knew each other. 

UKPD received the report on Monday, Oct. 9 and stated that one incident happened off-campus at the suspect’s residence and the second at the victim’s on-campus dorm. 

“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 shared initiatives to help create a safer campus environment for students. 

  • “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).
  • You can also request vouchers for discounted Uber rides through the Wildcab Vouchers program. Wildcab Vouchers provides eligible students with up to 10 $6 ride vouchers per semester. The vouchers are valid on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. within the program’s designated service area. You can request your free Wildcab Vouchers at,” the email said. 

Students can contact the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center at 859-257-3574 for additional resources.

According to the email, sexual assault and other harassment incidents can also be reported via the Title IX Coordinator at 859-257-8927 or by visiting their website at

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

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