Sexual assault reported in Vanderbilt University dorm

Sexual assault reported in Vanderbilt University dorm (Image 1)

A female student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville says she was sexually assaulted in an on-campus residence hall over the weekend.

University police sent out an alert to students about the alleged incident at 10:45 p.m. Monday.

According to the alert, the student was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance in a residence hall at the Commons on the night of August 23.

The Commons is a freshmen community at Vanderbilt.

“It’s really awful for something like this to happen to a freshman,” said student Laurel Piper.

Vanderbilt officials could not confirm if the male suspect was also a student or if charges were filed against him.

Students on campus expressed concern over the incident, but also relief that they were alerted and made aware.

“There have been incidents like this in the past and I think university does handle it well,” Piper said.

Sophomore student Barbara Puzanova added, “I’m just glad that they alerted us about it.”

News 2 reached out to university about what steps they are taking following the accusation.

They referred us to their security notice which states “no further details are known at this time.”

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