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A female Stanford University student reported early Sunday morning that she may have been drugged and sexually assaulted, campus police said.

At about 5:10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, Stanford Police responded to a call at Page Mill Road and Hansen Way from a "distressed" Stanford student, reporting the sexual assault. The location and time of the assault were unclear, police said.

In accordance with the Clery Act, a federal statute that requires schools to report information about on- and around-campus crime, the university sent an email alert with this information to all students at about 7:45 a.m. on Sunday.

"Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment," the email reads. "The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials."

The rest of the email provides information and resources for preventing and reporting sexual assault.

Bill Larson, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, said Monday that there are no further details available at this time and campus police are still trying to determine where the assault took place.

Elena Kadvany

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

The POST article on this incident is a little more clear in its suggestion that the possible assault may have occurred off campus. So, if that turns out to be so, why are the Campus police involved in this case, rather than the Palo Alto police?

Wondering just how much jurisdiction the Campus Police (be they employees or contracted out) have in Palo Alto? At what point in the investigation of this possible crime would the Campus police call in the Palo Alto police?

this matters because the Palo Alto police report sexual assaults to the DoJ/FBI, whereas the Campus Police report these same crimes to the DoEducation. So, people living in Palo Alto often don't see the actual numbers of sexual assaults that occur close to home because these crimes appear on two different lists.

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