MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – An investigation is underway at Spring Hill College after a sexual assault was reported on campus.
The alleged incident happened on March 12 inside a residence hall.
Spring Hill College told WKRG News 5 as soon as the report was made, an investigation was immediately launched.
On Wednesday, word started spreading on social media about the alleged incident after the woman who claims she was sexually assaulted posted about it on Facebook.
The student who alleges she was assaulted, Audrey Cox, gave WKRG News 5 permission to share her post about the alleged incident.
In her post, Cox alleges she was “hunted down” by a student inside her dorm and “violently” attacked in the early morning hours of March 12 after returning to campus from a night downtown.
She says the the incident left her with blood and bruises.
Cox says she is being silenced by the school and claims hundreds of other woman have reached out to her saying similar incidents have happened to them.
Spring Hill College told WKRG News 5 in a statement:
“Spring Hill College has a zero tolerance policy in regard to any form of violence on campus. The student situation you’re referring to was addressed immediately once it was reported.”-Statement from Spring Hill College
The college released this official statement Thursday afternoon.
Spring Hill College is saddened to share that in mid-March, a student reached out to Campus Public Safety to report an incidence of sexual assault. The College immediately took a number of actions, including coordination with campus law enforcement, initiating a Title IX response, and offering counseling and support services to the reporting student.
Spring Hill College has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy with regard to any form of violence and will look into every allegation. Any reported incident will continue to be handled immediately. The College is committed to thoroughly examining all allegations of assault on campus, whenever in our history they may have occurred.
“Cura personalis,” which means care for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – is the core tenet that guides our purpose and support of everyone on the Spring Hill College campus,” said E. Joseph Lee, PhD, president of Spring Hill College. “We are a College that believes in the rights, the humanity, and the crucial need of our students to be heard.”
While any incident of violence is too many, Spring Hill College is purposeful in maintaining a safe campus experience, utilizing sworn police officers, technology, and training for all who step on campus. The College already provides training and resources for the campus community as part of the educational and student-focused experience. The College maintains a Title IX coordinator, trained to address any reports or incidences. We support our students. From the moment they share their intent to join our Badger family, they are and always will be our first priority. This support is evident in the classroom, in our campus organizations — in every aspect of their life on campus. In fact, through an innovative grant from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, we are using their guidance and expertise to create more student-focused initiatives to eliminate sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. It also includes the development of a coordinated community response team that brings the entire campus community together under this shared purpose.
Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third-oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice, and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired, and transformed by their experiences.
This is a developing story.