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Crime Alert

Sexual Assault

The UMBC Police Department issues Crime Alerts to protect members of the University community, to promote safety, and to help reduce vulnerability.

Reported Incident: Fondling

Location: On Campus Residence Hall

Reported Date/Time: March 15, 2024, 6:16 p.m.

Incident Description: UMBC Police received a report of an attempted fondling that occurred in an on campus residence hall on March 15, 2024. The known suspect got into the victim's bed without any clothes. The suspect attempted to fondle the victim's genitals after the victim woke up. 

Sexual Violence Information and Resources

  • Sexual assault is never the victim's fault. The only person responsible is the perpetrator.
  • The most common type of sexual assault occurs between individuals known to one another, including current or former intimate partners or acquaintances. 
  • Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between non-stranger sexual assault and alcohol/drug use. 
  • Contact the Office of Equity and Civil Rights for on campus sexual violence resources.


  • Consent is defined as a knowing, voluntary, and affirmatively communicated willingness to mutually participate in a particular sexual activity or behavior. 
  • Consent cannot be obtained by force, threat, coercion, fraud, manipulation, reasonable fear of injury, intimidation, or through the use of one's mental or physical helplessness or incapacity.
  • Silence or lack of physical resistance does not equal consent. Consent may be withdrawn at any time.

Additional Resources

Posted: March 15, 2024, 10:48 PM