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Brandeis police investigating alleged sexual assault

Published: March 22, 2013
Section: Front Page, News

Brandeis University police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred off campus and was reported to the department on March 14, Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan said.

“We’re reviewing it,” Callahan said in a phone interview Thursday. “We’re doing what we need to do to assist the parties involved.”

University police do not believe the incident happened in Waltham, he added, but declined to comment further.

The public safety media log lists an investigation into a sex crime of forcible fondling, an off-campus incident, reported on March 14.

According to public safety’s annually published Clery Act Compliance Report, which mandates crime reporting under federal law, forcible fondling is defined as “the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification” and listed as one of four forcible sex offenses.

In the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, students are prohibited from engaging in sexual misconduct, defined as sexual contact without consent, under Section 3.

No further information about the incident was available by press time.

In a separate case in January, the Waltham Police Department confirmed their investigation of an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus Dartmouth Street party.