August 31, 2017
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
I am writing to share some distressing news. BGSU Police and the University
are currently investigating two suspected sexual assaults that reportedly
occurred on August 20 and August 26, in Centennial Hall and Greek Village,
The initial investigations have revealed that the alleged assailant in both
reported incidents was the same individual. To help ensure the safety of
the campus community, the alleged assailant, a student, has been suspended
from the University and barred from campus pending the outcome of the
investigations. Because of privacy laws and the ongoing investigations, we
are unable to share any additional details at this time.
I can't stress enough how much I respect the tremendous courage it takes to
report a sexual assault. Please know that we are doing everything we can to
support the affected individuals and protect our community.
As I shared with you last week, we are implementing the recommendations of
Task Force on Sexual Assault
to improve our reporting, investigation and adjudication processes to
ensure we are empathetic, thorough, fair and respectful.
One sexual assault on our campuses is too many. We are committed to
enhancing our prevention and care efforts and we need your help. Continue
to be aware and don't be a bystander. If you see someone who may be at risk
and are concerned about the situation, step in and safely intervene, or get
help. As a community, we must all work together to prevent sexual assault.
I know it is extremely difficult, but I encourage you to
all incidents of sexual assault and misconduct. Notify the BGSU Police or
the Office of the Dean of Students, or talk to your hall director or
resident advisor. Tell us, so we can take action.
Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.