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Reported Sexual Assault

Today, March 6, 2017, a female reported to Stanford DPS that a male student sexually assaulted her in the early morning hours on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in a student residence located on the east side of campus.  No additional information about this incident is available at this time. 

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren’t sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources to support you and provide information about options. For resources and information visit: https://titleix.stanford.edu/

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act.

Sexual Battery

On 03/01/17, at approx. 11:00pm, a Sexual Battery occurred at the CalTrain Station located at 95 University Ave., Palo Alto. The victim reported that while waiting for a bus, the suspect approached her and asked for directions. He then grabbed her arm and and pelvic region. The victim yelled at the suspect who then fled towards the tunnel with the victim in pursuit. The suspect was last seen running into the south tunnel in an eastbound direction. The victim was transported home by a passerby and then called the police to report the incident. Both Palo Alto Police and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the area but could not locate the suspect. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept. is conducting the investigation since the Train Station is within their jurisdiction. The suspect was described as: Hispanic male adult, 35-40 years, approx. 5′-6", heavy set, short black hair, full beard, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt with letters, beige pants, dark tennis shoes, and carrying a backpack with many zippers.

If you have information about this crime, please call the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept. at (650) 363-4911.

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

  • Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
  • Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one’s ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is never an excuse for choosing to violate another person.
  • There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity; most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

    If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren’t sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

    CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING:
    Stanford Confidential Support Team
    https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now/sexual-assault
    650-726-6933 or 650-725-9955 (after hours)

    YWCA Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Hotline
    650-493-7273

    CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
    650-723-3785
    https://vaden.stanford.edu/caps-and-wellness/counseling-and-psychological-services-caps

    Faculty Staff Help Center
    650-723-4577
    https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center

    NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES AND REPORTING:
    Title IX Office
    https://titleix.stanford.edu
    650-497-4955

    Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office
    https://sara.stanford.edu

    Police
    911 (emergency)
    650-329-2413 (non-emergency)
    650-723-9633 (8am-5pm)
    https://police.stanford.edu

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
    Sexual Harassment Policy Office
    https://harass.stanford.edu

    Stanford Sexual Assault Support & Resources (Not Alone website)
    https://notalone.stanford.edu
    https://stanford.app.box.com/sexual-assault-resources (handout)

    Stanford Actions on Sexual Assault
    https://notalone.stanford.edu/stanford-actions-sexual-assault

Sexual Battery

FR STANFORD PD: 03/01/17, Reported Sexual Battery at University Ave. Train Station, 11pm. Be alert & protect yourself. Updates when available at police.stanford.edu

Attempted Robbery in Palo Alto

On Monday 2/13/17 Palo Alto Police sent out a News Release regarding an attempted robbery at the Stanford Shopping Center in a parking lot near the corner of El Camino and Quarry Road. The incident occurred Saturday 2/11/17.  Due to the proximity to campus and the nature of the incident, Stanford DPS is notifying the Stanford Community about the crime.  The complete News Release, including sketches of the suspects,  can also be found at the attached link.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible.

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http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=1520

Gas Leak Update

STANFORD PD: 01/20/17. The reported gas leak on Gerona Road at 5:03 pm. Repairs have been made. Gerona Road between El Escarpado and Santa Ynez streets is clear. The neighborhood is open.

Gas Line Break Update

Gas Line Break Update. Per PG&E, customers in the Gerona area are safe and the shelter in place is no longer in effect. However, Gerona Rd. remains closed to through traffic between El Escarpado and Santa Ynez Rd.

A PG&E repair crew is approx. 45 minutes out; unknown when repairs will be completed. During the repairs customers in the area may experience intermittent gas service.

Further updates will be provided when available.

Gas Line Break

Gas line break on the 500 block of Gerona Road. Residents who live on Gerona Rd. should shelter in place until further notice. Gerona Rd between Campus Dr. East and Cabrillo Ave. is closed. Updates when available on this web page.

Suspicious Circ.Possible Handgun

This morning at approximately 8:30am, Stanford police were advised of a man sitting in a van in the Maples parking lot who appeared to be loading a magazine into what the witness thought was a handgun. Police responded to the area immediately and were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the person or the associated vehicle.

The reporting party described the person with the possible weapon as an adult male, unknown race, wearing a beige beanie hat. The person was sitting in a white service type van that had blue lettering on it. The word "People" might have been the word in blue print on the van.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety asks the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413. At this time, the police are not suggesting that people shelter in place.

Update: Sexual Battery 9/18/15 10:01

STANFORD PD: 9/18/15 10:23PM SEXUAL BATTERY UPDATE: The suspect was apprehended by SUDPS without further incident.

Burglary Residential 8-31-2015

Sometime between midnight August 31st and 9am September 1st, a residential burglary occurred in the 800 block of Tolman Dr. in the faculty/staff housing area on the Stanford campus. It is believed that the suspect(s) entered the home through an unlocked sliding glass door, as there was no evidence of forced entry. Occupants were not aware of the entry as they were sleeping in another room. The occupants were not harmed. The suspect(s) took a laptop and keys to a vehicle that was parked on the street. The vehicle was also taken and has not been recovered.

Stanford police is actively investigating this crime and wants to remind the community to take appropriate safety and security precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim.

– Do not leave doors or windows unlocked even when the residence is occupied

– If you are responsible for property which has been stolen that contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university?s Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

– The university strongly encourages individuals to encrypt their laptops and mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect your electronic devices can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

– More importantly, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around residences or buildings, peering into windows, and/or trying door handles, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you are the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention or would like a free home security assessment, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633 or visit http://web.stanford.edu/group/SUDPS/

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