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Ross University of Veterinary Medicine reports sexual assault and armed robbery

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS –  – Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) said additional safety measures have been introduced following a sexual assault and armed robbery of one of its students.

RUSVM informed its campus community Wednesday of an incident of sexual assault and armed robbery of one of Ross community members that took place Monday, March 13, 2017 in West Haven, West Farm located a quarter mile west of campus at approximately 10:30 p.m. an reported to RUSVM Security at 12:02 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

“Two masked perpetrators entered the residence of the victim and her male friend through an open door. One of the perpetrators was armed with a handgun. After the incident, the perpetrators fled the scene with cash and several valuable items. An emergency SIREN message was sent to our community as quickly as possible following the incident with limited information available at the time,” the statement said.

The statement also reported that the RUSVM Safety & Security Department received an unofficial report today of a sexual assault in Camps Bay View of a non-RUSVM community member yesterday morning by two perpetrators of a similar description.

“We are very concerned about both incidents and the well-being of the victims. We remind our community of the sensitive nature of this incident, and we urge everyone to respect the victims’ privacy. We are working with the police on the Ross incident as it is under investigation at this time,” said the statement.

RUSVM Safety and Security Department have implemented additional patrols in the West Farm area including a combination of mobile, K9, and foot patrols, as well as, static observations in areas where its community members reside.

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“We remind community members to be vigilant in taking important safety and security precautions at all times. If you experience any security concern, such as a suspicious person, feeling unsafe, etc., please do not hesitate to contact the RUSVM Safety & Security Department.

In cases of assault, physical or sexual, RUSVM encourages you to report it and seek counselling assistance.

Contacts for reporting incidents are as follows:

RUSVM Safety & Security Department

Location: Administrative Corridor

Phone: 869-465-6161 (24-hour emergency line)


RUSVM Counseling Center

Location: Room 07-121

Phone: 869-465-4161 x401-1500


RUSVM Health Services

Location: Location: Room 10-20 (Administrative Corridor)

Phone: 869-465-4161 x401-1135

After Hours: 869-662-6235


Ethics Point (Anonymous reporting)


DeVry Education Group, Associate Title IX Coordinator

Phone: 630-515-5440

Email: [email protected]


Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force

Phone: 869-465-2241


Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Safety & Security

[email protected]

24 Hour Emergency: 1 (869) 465-6161


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