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Usually when students are deciding on a university to attend, they look at things like academics, available majors, geographic location, and so on.  While these issues take the forefront in most cases, there is also no denying that there is an important social aspect to attending college as well (or we would all just remain in our parents’ basements taking internet classes – not the same somehow).

Living away from home for the first time, meeting new people, and forming new relationships are a vital part of the university experience.

Unfortunately, some relationships end badly. In most cases, the individuals concerned handle things themselves; in some cases, additional resources like the police get involved. There are a few basic facts to remember about issues relating to sexual conduct and relationships.

When it comes to sexual conduct, the key issue from a strictly legal point of view is consent by both parties. Consent cannot be given if someone is under 13, impaired because of a mental condition or advanced age, by someone under threat of force, or by someone too intoxicated to give consent. On college campuses, CWRU included, the vast majority of sexual assaults reported involve issues of consent and alcohol as opposed to “stranger in the bushes” type assaults. This is something to keep in mind.

When it comes to relationships, if you are in one that involves physical violence, it is not healthy and it is illegal. Seek help from someone you trust. If you feel you are being stalked or harassed, whether in person or by telephone/text or other electronic means, call CWRU PD at 216-368-3333 for help. Call right away if the communications involve threats of violence. And always be wary of giving out personal information on social media sites. Let’s look out for each other and have a great rest of the semester.


CWRU Police Blotter 10/29/12 to 11/5/12

Oct. 29 – Phone taken from office, theft, Olin Building

Oct. 31 – Tablet computer taken from backpack, theft, Thwing Center

Nov. 1 – Tablet computer taken off desk, theft, Adelbert Hall

Nov. 2 – Cash and phone taken from office, theft, Thwing Center

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