Rape reported on SUNY Cortland campus

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The University Police Department at SUNY Cortland is investigating a rape incident that was reported over the weekend.

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A student reported a rape incident that occurred in the early morning hours on Sat., Nov. 14, according to police. The incident occurred in a residence hall on campus.

The suspect was known to the victim "just prior" to the incident, according to police.

Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.

The SUNY Cortland Police Department released the following statement regarding the reported incident:

In compliance with the "Timely Notice" provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, SUNY Cortland is giving notice of a rape incident.

Reported Offense: A SUNY Cortland student reported a rape incident that occurred on November 14, 2015 in the early morning hours. The incident occurred in a residence hall on campus.  

Suspect(s): The suspect was known to the victim just prior to the incident.

It is the institution's responsibility to make the campus community aware that the incident took place. The University Police are investigating.

Remember, sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. While nothing is failsafe, here are some suggestions everyone may want to consider:

  • Make sure you have consent. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no.
  • People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent.
  • Practice being assertive about your boundaries and trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for assistance.
  • Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved or contact someone else to assist.

If you have been sexually assaulted, there are resources available to help you. Please visit our Reporting Options page and our Title IX Resource page for more information.

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