Campus Police encourages the Longwood Community to utlize basic self-protection measures such as always remaining aware of your surroundings (avoid becoming distracted by texting), avoiding isolated areas, always traveling in pairs or groups, and immediately reporting activities, incidents, individuals or groups that appear suspicious. If you have any additional information about this incident or other crimes, please contact the Longwood University Police at 434-395-2091. Additionally, crimes or information can be reported anonymously online.
The Longwood University Police Department is investigating a report of a non-stranger rape that occurred on December 31, 2015 between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., that occurred in a residence hall on campus. If you have any information about this case or any other crime please contact the Longwood University Police Department at 434-395-2091.
This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees.
The Longwood University Police wants to remind all community members of the following information about sexual assault. This information is general in nature and does not necessarily relate to any specific incident.
- It is estimated that nationwide one in every four to five college women will be the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.
- Victims are never responsible for the offender's behavior.
- The most common type of sexual assault is not by a stranger but by someone the victim knows, typically a date or acquaintance.
- Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between aquaintance rape and drug/alcohol usage. be alert to people pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.
- If you are a bystander who observes behavior that your instincts indicate a potential for a critical incident, you should immediately contact police.
If you are sexually assaulted, you have several options. Please contact Campus Police or for further information go to this website: http:\\www.longwood.edu\police\57601.htm
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The Clery/ Higher Education Act ( HEA) requires higher education institutions to give timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees, and to make public their campus security policies.
It also requires that crime data be collected, reported and disseminated to the campus community and submitted to the US Department of Education annually. The act is intended to provide students and their families, as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete and timely information about safety on campus so that they can make informed decisions. The posting of these notices is one example in which Longwood University maintains compliance with the provisions of the Clery and Higher Education Acts.
Campus Police encourages the Longwood Community to utilize basic self-protection measures such as always remaining aware of your surroundings; avoid consuming substances or substances in quantities that impair your judgment; avoid distractions such as texting; avoid consuming unknown substances or any substance that is left unattended; avoid isolated areas; travel in pairs or groups; report suspicious activities; and immediately report individuals or groups that appear suspicious or not associated with the University.
If you have any additional information about any of these crimes below, please contact the Farmville Police at 434-392-3332 or our Longwood Police Communications Center at 434-395-2091. Additionally, crimes or information can be reported anonymously on the Longwood Police website. Information regarding recent police activity can be seen in our Crime Log.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, seek help by calling the Piedmont Southside Crisis Center at 434-292-1077 or by calling Longwood University Police 434-395-2091, who have access to additional resources (learn more). Information regarding individuals convicted of sex-offenses can be obtained on the Virginia State Police website.
The University's Counseling Staff is available to talk with students who feel a need to discuss any situation. To contact a counselor, follow the normal on-call procedures of notifying a Resident Assistant (RA), Residence Education Coordinator (REC), or Counseling And Psychological Services (395-2409).