University of Lethbridge Students,
This past weekend, a University of Lethbridge student was the victim of an alleged sexual assault that occurred in a campus residence building.
The Lethbridge Regional Police Service, with assistance from U of L Security, apprehended a suspect and has subsequently charged a Lethbridge resident, and visitor to campus, in relation to this incident.
The University is cooperating with LRPS in their ongoing investigation. I want to assure you that the safety and security of our students is and will continue to be the highest priority of the University. This is a very isolated incident, and it is one that is very upsetting to our community.
The security measures we currently have in place at the student residences, in conjunction with the measures outlined in our Resident Handbook (http://www.uleth.ca/housing/ors), are designed to give our students the opportunity to gain the most from their campus residence experience in a safe and secure environment.
Our campus residence buildings are all locked and can only be accessed by residents and their invited guests. Video cameras are positioned in all residence common areas, including all entrance points and elevators, and campus security conducts patrols in conjunction with the in-house Residence Assistants.
The campus Safewalk program is a 24-hour service designed to give students the security to walk to and from campus buildings, while Housing Services offers ongoing information and awareness sessions on residence life and health and wellness initiatives.
Even the most comprehensive safety and security measures are not foolproof, and it is imperative that we look out for each other, exercise vigilance, are constantly aware of our surroundings both on and off campus, and utilize the services offered such as Safewalk and the Working Alone program. Please do not hesitate to report suspicious activity to campus security (403-329-2345).
For those affected by this incident, I urge you to take advantage of our Counselling Services Office (403-317-2845, or 403-327-7905 after hours, (http://www.uleth.ca/counselling), speak to your Residence Assistant or contact the University Security Services Office, (403) 329-2345 – 24 hours/day.
It is up to us, as a community, to support each other in times of distress, and I want to reiterate our commitment to providing a safe environment for you.
Michael J. Mahon, Ph.D.
President & Vice-Chancellor
U of L Communications and Public Relations Contact:
Bob Cooney, Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173