22 February 2017
Safety Alert on the Burnaby Campus
Message to the University Community from Mark LaLonde, Chief Safety Officer
We wanted to alert you of a disturbing situation that took place at Burnaby campus last night. At around 7:30 pm, an SFU community member was walking towards a parking lot and was sexually assaulted by a suspect. The survivor was able to resist her attacker, who fled. RCMP were notified, immediately responded and are investigating.
The university community member did not appear to be physically harmed, however she was understandably badly shaken. SFU Safety and Risk Services are working with the survivor to provide support and assistance. We are cooperating closely with the RCMP to support their investigation.
This incident of sexual assault is very upsetting. We have increased our security presence on campus, especially the more secluded areas, and continue to patrol all three campuses to look for suspicious activity and offer assistance to our community. Please follow a few guidelines to stay safe:
- Add the SFU Campus Security phone number to your contacts: 778-782-4500.
- If you notice suspicious individuals or feel threatened, call 911 or Campus Security immediately.
- Avoid walking alone on campus and consider using our 24/7 Safewalk program.
- Identify the nearest direct-line security telephone or blue emergency phone in areas you commonly visit.
- Find more safety information and resources in our Personal Safety Guides.
Burnaby RCMP is also requesting public assistance to help them catch the suspect. The Burnaby RCMP have included additional details about the suspect in their News Release.
They are urging any university community members with information to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, there are many supports in place to help you. Visit sfu.ca/sexual-violence to get help and to get involved in our prevention and awareness programs. It takes all of us to create a campus community where sexual assault is not tolerated.