Addressing an Off-Campus Gender-Based Violent Crime
December 16, 2016
In the past few days, Loyolans have expressed concern following media reports related to a student-athlete who was charged and pled guilty to a gender-based violent crime that occurred in his home state of Georgia. This crime occurred prior to the individual joining Loyola. To our knowledge, we neither received information about the crime, nor had any awareness that it occurred until Monday, December 12, when we received a media inquiry. Based on media reports, the individual is in police custody in Georgia. The individual is not registered for classes in the Spring Semester.
Violence of any kind is not tolerated at Loyola, and the safety and security of all members of our campus community remain a top priority. Through the work of the Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT), we continue to educate, provide access to services, and ensure that our campus community is a safe and supportive environment for survivors. Our Department of Athletics also continues to provide mandatory Title IX training to its coaches, staff, and student-athletes, amongst other efforts to ensure our Community Standards are followed.
We understand this recent news has been difficult for many of you. We stand in solidarity with all survivors and want to remind you that students seeking resources related to gender-based violence can contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.2530 or visit the CCRT website. As always, faculty and staff in need of resources are encouraged to utilize the University’s Employee Assistance Program.
We also ask each of you to report any incidents of gender-based violence that you are aware of. Reports can be made via the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline website or by calling 855.603.6988, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Submitted notifications will be handled as promptly and discreetly as possible, with facts made available only to those who need to investigate and resolve the matter.
Our focus is your safety and well-being, and please know that we continuously look for new and additional ways to stem gender-based violence and to protect and empower those who report it.
Thomas M. Kelly
Title IX Coordinator
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services