Support for Sexual Assault and Dating Violence

Dear Campus Community,

In light of the reported incident of sexual assault that occurred over the weekend, I wanted to take the opportunity to restate the College’s commitment to a safe campus for all our community members.

Relationship violence and sexual assault will not be tolerated at Saint Mary’s. We are committed to maintaining a campus environment that is safe and free of violence, intimidation and harassment. Our policies, educational programs and safety practices are structured to achieve these objectives and campus resources are available to students 24/7. The College works cooperatively with the local police to immediately investigate all reports of sexual assault. There is no additional information on which to base a College investigation. Additionally, the Moraga Police Department has reported that, at this time, it "believes that this is an isolated incident with no indication the suspect poses a threat to our local community."

In addition to around the clock public safety officers, the College has a Sexual Assault Crisis Response Team available 24 hours/7 days a week via a hotline at (925) 878-9207 to respond to student concerns. Additionally, the Sexual Assault Awareness, Outreach, and Education Coordinator Gillian Cutshaw provides ongoing support, information and referrals.

In this incident, the female student reported that a male, who she met off campus and who is not a Saint Mary student, subsequently assaulted her in her room sometime between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday morning. The incident occurred in one of the lower townhouse residence halls. The suspect is described as a white male, 21 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Moraga Police Detective Will Davis at 925-888-7057, or Moraga Police dispatch at 925-284-5010.

Any report of sexual assault is deeply troubling.The incident over the weekend underscores that sexual assault is both a personal and a community issue, and we must come together to support one another.

Jane Camarillo
Vice Provost for Student Life