UC Safety Alert: Sept. 19, 2022

Sept. 19, 2022

Dear UC Community,

Please be aware that a sexual imposition incident was reported to have occurred today, Sept. 19, 2022, on UC’s Uptown campus near the Campus Recreation Center at about 10:30 a.m. The subject is described as a black male between the ages of 19 and 20 who is about medium height and had box braids. He was wearing a red UC shirt and black pants and was carrying a black backpack with a UC logo on it.

The subject was riding a scooter past the victim when he reached out, struck the victim on the buttocks and made an inappropriate comment. A similar incident was reported this morning off campus.

Sexual assault includes any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the complainant. Consent is an affirmative agreement through clear actions or words to engage in intimate and/or sexual activity. Individuals giving the consent must act freely, voluntarily, and with understanding of their actions.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a sex- or gender-based crime and do not want to file a police report, you can make a report with the Office of Gender Equity & Inclusion (OGEI). For information about supportive measures and campus and community support services, visit OGEI’s website.

Important Safety Tips:

Responsibility for sexual imposition and assault lies with the perpetrators, not the survivor. Most offenders assault someone they know.  No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual imposition or assault. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance. 

  • If you see something, say something. It’s on all of us to keep campus safe. Information about Bystander Intervention Training is available on the Student Wellness Center’s website.   
  • If you observe suspicious activity, or are a victim of a crime, call 911.   
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help. 
  • NightRide is a free evening shuttle. Track it live using DoubleMap. 
  • Download the Bearcat Guardian app for additional resources. The app is available for free on the App Store or Google Play.

In a non-emergency situation, you can reach UCPD at 513-556-1111 or Cincinnati Police at 513-765-1212. For more information about UC’s safety resources visit the Public Safety website.

Eliot K. Isaac
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

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