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Criminal Sexual Assault Reported in Residence Hall

Courtesy of Tony Webster

A person unaffiliated with Loyola has been banned from campus after they allegedly sexually assaulted a student in Campion Residence Hall on the Lake Shore Campus two weeks ago.

Loyola’s Campus Safety department learned of the crime from Loyola’s Title IX Office, which handles reports of gender-based misconduct and sexual violence and allows survivors to file police reports if they wish.

The student had the alleged offender with them as a guest March 17, according to Tim Love, the executive director of Loyola’s Equity and Compliance office, who deals with Title IX reports.

Love also said Campus Safety was notified so their officers could enforce the ban. The student requested the ban.

Campus Safety Sgt. Tim Cunningham said through university spokesperson Evangeline Politis the case had also been shared with the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

Most instances of sexual violence against students happen off campus, Loyola has itself acknowledged in documents it’s required to send annually to Illinois’ attorney general. The Phoenix reported on these documents earlier this month.

But the most recent numbers from Campus Safety’s annual safety and security report still showed eight rapes had been reported to have happened inside university residence halls in 2017.

Anyone in need of sexual assault resources can call the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy line at 773-494-3810. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is also available 24/7 at 800-656-4673.

Loyola students who want to report a sexual misconduct incident to Title IX can call 773-508-3733, or they can use the university’s Ethics Line reporting hotline, Loyola’s system for handling various complaints.

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