BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
Office of the President
220 McFall Center
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0010
Phone: 419-372-2211
Fax: 419-372-6050
BGSU.edu
 
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, respectively.

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 the 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 report 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.

Regards,

Mary Ellen Mazey
Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.
President