Safety Alert - Burnaby Campus

February 22, 2017

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 on the evening of February 21st. 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 release: Burnaby RCMP Investigate Sexual Assault at SFU 

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