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Western University Says It Is Investigating Reported Sexual Violence At Student Residence

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Allegations of sexual violence at Western University are currently being investigated, according to a tweet posted by the University on September 12.

In the tweet, the school stated that “#WesternU takes swift and immediate action related to gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV) allegations. We want our campus community to know that complaints submitted will be thoroughly investigated.”

CP24 reports that in a statement Chris Alleyne, associate vice-president of housing and ancillary services, says they have increased security in residences and the presence of special constables and staff on campus in response to the reports.

“I want to be very clear: sexual violence will not be tolerated. Nothing is more important than the safety and welfare of our campus community. As part of Western’s policy on gender-based and sexual violence, we assess and act immediately on any reports of sexual violence,” Alleyne said in the statement.

Student newspaper Western Gazette reported an email sent from Jacob Clarke, the residence life coordinator, on September 11 addressing alleged incidents of “gender-based or sexual violence” taking place in student residence Medway-Sydenham Hall.

“I am writing to you as you may have heard rumours regarding incidents of gender-based or sexual violence in Med-Syd. We are currently following up with information that has come forward and will be utilizing campus and community resources such as Campus Safety and Emergency Services and London Police Services as needed. We wish to ensure that follow up occurs with anyone who has experienced harm.”

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Clarke went on to list resources for students to utilize and encouraged anyone who “witnessed an incident of gender-based violence […] to share information by emailing rlc_medsyd@uwo.ca.”

Western University’s orientation week concluded yesterday and ran from September 6 to September 12.

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