PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University issued official statements on Friday in regards to reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment incidents on campus and positive COVID-19 cases among students.
The first statement from AB said that university officials have been made aware of two reported sexual assault incidents and one reported sexual harassment incident on campus. Officials said these incidents are being investigated and ABU is cooperating with local law enforcement officials.
The statement also said AB has been made aware of an aggravated assault incident involving a Philippi police officer. University officials said AB takes these matters very seriously and will, as always, provide all possible assistance and support to local law enforcement, as well as to assess the issues for further university action.
“AB expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies, and adhere to state and federal laws,” University officials said in the statement. “AB’s top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and campus family.”
In the university’s second statement, officials confirmed that three AB students have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. The statement said that these students are quarantining in a separate facility designated on AB’s campus.
Officials said these are the university’s first on-campus positive cases since classes resumed on August 10. AB is working closely with the local health department to conduct contact tracing and monitor the situation, according to the statement.
The statement then described the guidelines members of the AB campus community are required to follow to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:
“Alderson Broaddus continues to urge our faculty, staff, and students to strictly adhere to the University guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, including wearing face coverings and maintaining at least six feet of distance from people at all times. We have also asked our campus community to adhere to the following guidelines:”
- Monitor your health and notify someone on campus and/or seek medical attention if you have symptoms.
- Keep at least 6 feet of social distance between yourself and others (both on and off campus).
- Wear face coverings (masks or shields) when inside any University facility except while inside your assigned residence room, while alone inside your office, or while eating in the dining room or other designated areas.
- Wear face coverings (masks or shields) outdoors whenever it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more.
- Agree not to host any off-campus guests.
- Aree not to host or attend in-person social gatherings, particularly when social distancing is not possible.
- Limit personal travel and remain in the Philippi area as much as possible; when traveling, comply with all local, state, national, and University travel guidance.