The UCF community received this letter from Vice President Maribeth Ehasz on Saturday afternoon.
On Sept. 13, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a sexual battery at an off-campus apartment complex. Sheriff’s officials say that a female student reported she was attacked when she took trash to a dumpster at the Arbour Apartments, a facility not associated with UCF.
Our hearts go out to the victim, and we urge you to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information about what took place.
This report, and others recently, remind us that safety must be the top priority for our UCF community. Safety should be at the forefront of our minds wherever we are: on campus or off, at home or traveling. As a community, we must look out for each other at all times.
Some of the most important steps we can all take to increase our personal safety are simple: don’t go out at night alone; tell someone where you will be; bring a cellphone; monitor how much you drink; don’t accept drinks from strangers; and never leave a party or bar with someone you don’t know.
Many UCF departments offer guidelines, services, programs and tips to help you stay safe. I urge you to visit the websites below for more information about safety.
Your safety is UCF’s top priority — please make it your top priority as well.
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services
UCF Police Safety Tips: https://police.ucf.edu/crime-prevention
Alcohol Screening: http://link.ucf.edu/
UCF Cares: http://ucfcares.com/
UCF Counseling and Psychological Services: http://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/services
UCF Victim Services: http://www.victimservices.ucf.edu/
UCF Alert: http://emergency.ucf.edu/ucfalert.html