UPDATED: Includes new information from DPS Chief Hampton Cantrell and information from a safety bulletin follow-up.
UPDATED: A previous version of this article said the alleged incident occurred on Saturday Sept. 18, the correct date is Sunday Sept. 18.
UPDATED: This story has been updated with the version that ran in our print addition.
UPDATED: This story has been updated to include information released by DPS on Saturday Sept. 24 regarding the suspect identified within a safety bulletin follow-up.
A sexual assault was reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) by a female victim at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
The alleged sexual assault took place between 6 and 8 p.m. in the first floor women’s bathroom of the William H. Hannon Library, according to an email from DPS.
According to DPS, the suspect is described as being between the ages of 18 and 20, with an unknown height and weight and was possibly wearing a shirt with blood on it.
The suspect is known to DPS at this time and has been identified as a non-LMU student. A picture of the suspect was released by DPS in a safety bulletin follow-up on the evening of Saturday Sept. 23. According to DPS, certain details regarding the suspect’s identity may not be made public in order to protect the victim and maintain integrity of the investigation. The suspect has been banned from campus as LAPD and DPS take further action.
“DPS is still investigating, in consultation with LAPD. Campus extra patrols are still ongoing,” Public Safety Chief Hampton Cantrell said.
DPS will be increasing on-campus patrols for as long as required, according to Cantrell. LAPD has been notified about possible off-campus patrols.
The Los Angeles Police Department and DPS are currently investigating the assault. At approximately midnight on Sept. 19, LAPD closed the library and Starbucks for the night as they investigated the crime scene.
“When a sexual assault happens on our campus, it is an incident that impacts the entire community,” Briana Maturi, Director of LMU Campus Awarness Resource Education Services (CARES), said.
In response to student demand, LMU CARES and Campus Recreation will be hosting a self-defense workshop.
Maturi suggested that students who need support during stressful times reach out to Student Psychological Services, LMU CARES or work with a Student Affairs Resource Administrator (SARA) to get extra support.
“We want the students to make sure they have the support they need during such a traumatic time,” Maturi said.
According to a safety bulletin follow-up sent out by DPS, the department suggests students not walk alone at night, and remain alert and aware of their surroundings. In a follow-up email DPS stressed that the victim is not at fault in a situation regarding sexual assault.
“Any time you feel unsafe while moving about campus, call DPS for an escort,” the email said.
DPS also encourages students to look purposeful when they walk and to report any suspicious activity or people.
If anyone has additional information, they are encouraged to contact the LAPD at (877) 275-5273 or DPS at (310) 338-2894.