Wednesday 11 December, 2019

UWI confirms student's robbery, denies report of attempted rape

The University of the West Indies (UWI) says it is working with the relevant authorities to investigate an incident that occurred on the St Augustine campus involving a female student on Tuesday.

The UWI issued a statement which said that a report from Campus Security noted that the woman was robbed near the Student Activity Centre (SAC) of the school. However, the University denied reports that the victim was almost raped.

“The initial investigation with the student reveals no evidence of attempted or alleged sexual assault, contrary to what has been mentioned on some social media sites.”

The University also responded to a request by the UWI Student Guild to improve security measures at the school.

“We have spared no effort in creating a safe environment for all students that attend our campus. This remains a priority. We know that more can always be done and must be done to foster a space where all students feel safe and supported at all times. Indeed, we are in the process of testing a campus-wide student alert system that would facilitate more timely intervention. Further, in the spirit of continuous improvement, as is the practice, Campus Administration conducts full investigations of all incidents and takes action, as warranted.”

The UWI advised all students to take precautions which have continually been promoted in order to assist with ensuring their personal safety at campus. This includes visibly displaying their Student Identification Card upon entry to the campus.

Students are also strongly encouraged to make use of the following:  

- The Campus Security Escort Service, available on request from 6:00 pm – 6:00 am (Call exts. 82120/83510)

- Designated secure study areas

- The Students Shuttle Service

- The designated patrolled walkways

- and the Emergency Blue Phone Service.

Students are encouraged to proceed to the nearest well-lit area and report the incident to Campus Security if in need of assistance or if suspicious behaviour is observed.

For security tips, visit the Campus Security website https://sta.uwi.edu/campus-security

 

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