UWI: Robbery yes, but no evidence of attempted sexual assault

The University of the West Indies says an initial investigation reveals no evidence of attempted or alleged sexual assault on a student at the campus yesterday, contrary to what has been mentioned on some social media sites.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the university's St Augustine Campus said it is working with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident but notes that according to a report from campus security, there was, in fact, a robbery involving a student near the Student Activity Centre (SAC).

"We have spared no effort in creating a safe environment for all students that attend our campus," UWI said.

"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 university is reminding all students to take the precautions it has continually promoted.

"In particular," it said, "students must visibly display their Student Identification Card upon entry to the campus and are 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."

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

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