On Sept. 25, 2016, at approximately 1 a.m., the CU Boulder Police Department (“CUPD”) was notified of an attempted sexual assault. A police officer was flagged down and notified that the crime occurred a few minutes earlier in the area near the intersection of 17th Street and University Avenue, just north of Macky Auditorium.
The victim reported that she had been walking along University Avenue when she noticed the suspect walking behind her. The suspect put his arm around the victim. After the victim rejected the suspect, the suspect grabbed the victim’s shirt and pulled the victim to the ground. After the victim fought the suspect off, he ran south toward Macky.
The suspect is described as:
- College-age black male
- approximately 6’1” to 6’2” tall
- with an average build
- a small and shaggy beard and a mustache
- wearing a CU sweatshirt and long pants
CUPD is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact CUPD at (303) 492-6666. If you wish to share information anonymously, information on contacting Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers is available here.
This message is being sent pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), a federal law that requires disclosure of major crime and policy information. For more information on the Clery Act and CU Boulder’s policies, please see the Clery webpage.
Sexual assault is not tolerated at CU Boulder. It can be both a crime and a violation of policy, see: University of Colorado Sexual Misconduct Policy, and CU Boulder’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance’s Process and Procedures.
CU Boulder reminds the community of the following information that could aid in the prevention of similar crimes:
- Sexual activity without consent (including with acquaintances, friends, or partners) is sexual assault.
- Consent cannot be obtained through coercion or threats.
- Use of alcohol or drugs may impair the ability to determine whether sexual activity is consensual.
- Learn more about the University of Colorado’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
- The obligation to help prevent sexual assault is on all of us. Learn to recognize high-risk situations and how to intervene effectively.
If you are the victim of sexual assault, you have many options for reporting, services, and assistance. Find reporting options here. Retaliation for reporting is strictly prohibited. For free and confidential support please contact CU Boulder’s Office of Victim Assistance (OVA), 303-492-8855.