Sexual Assault

On February 11, 2015 a female student reported to University Police that she was sexually assaulted by a known male acquaintance inside his residence hall room located on the west side of campus during the evening hours on Monday, February 9, 2015.  ASU Police are investigating the incident.  The university is providing resources and advocacy to assist the student who reported this incident and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.

 Anyone with information regarding a crime is encouraged to call University Police at 828-262-2150, or you may also report crimes anonymously at Approximately 66% of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. It is important that everyone in our community familiarizes themselves with what constitutes sexual assault under the Code of Student Conduct and that we, as a community, be vigilant in stopping it. Those who are not willing to live by a code of mutual consent, respect and concern are not welcome in the community of Mountaineers.

 While it is not the sole responsibility of a victim to prevent her/his own assault, it is important for each of us to be aware of situations that increase risk, and for everyone to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct

             Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the explicit consent of your partner is sexual assault. If either party is under the influence of alcohol, consent cannot be given.

             Do not take advantage of someone who is passed out, incoherent or otherwise incapacitated, and prevent others from doing so.

             Be careful when inviting someone into your room or apartment or when going into someone else's room or apartment. This is where most sexual assaults occur.

             Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable in a situation, leave.

             Do not hesitate to call police if you feel you are in an uncomfortable situation. If you feel your safety is at risk, or if you need assistance or an escort on campus, contact University Police at 828-262-2150.

             Call for help if at any time, you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others.

             Assign the University Police emergency number 828-262-8000 to a speed dial or quick call feature in your mobile phone.

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, we encourage you to share this information so we can provide you with support, resources and/or medical attention. Sharing information about an assault or incidence of interpersonal violence does not automatically ensure a police investigation.

It is important to understand that preserving evidence is critical to pursuing the widest range of options, including pursuing a successful criminal prosecution, should you choose to do so in the future. Medical assistance can be provided and medical evidence can be collected without pursuing an immediate criminal investigation.  You can find more information about preserving evidence by going to section 4.15.5 of the Campus Security and Fire Safety

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 For support with complete anonymity, contact the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 or visit

For information and resources regarding student health and safety, visit 

 In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f), Appalachian State University issues timely notices to notify the campus community of incidents or alleged crimes that have occurred on Appalachian State University’s campus related to the safety and health of our campus community members. These Safety Alerts provide suggestions that will allow you to make educated decisions about your own personal safety and how to access resources both on and off campus.  The university may distribute timely notices using a variety of means, including emails, text messages, flyers, and website announcements posted on the AppCares website and the University Police website

Posted February 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm