Content Warning: Invasion of Sexual Privacy and Predatory Behavior
We write today to provide information about an incident that was reported in the Daily Nexus and to share information about support resources. A UCSB student is in the custody of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office as a suspect for allegedly placing a covert camera inside the bathroom of an off-campus, non-university-affiliated residence in Isla Vista. This individual was arrested for invasion of privacy by means of an electronic device.
Experiencing violence or harassment is always a complex and painful experience. These current circumstances may be creating unique stressors for many in our community due to the public nature of these reports and the personal violations of private residences. To the students involved, we write with an unconditional message of support – please know that what you are experiencing may be a response to trauma and that you have the right to resources and accommodations throughout. You may experience different reactions depending on whether or how you might be connected to a friend or colleague involved in this incident.
There is an active investigation led by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. While there is no indication that any campus building is involved, UCPD is working with various campus stakeholders to identify any suspicious devices that may potentially be on campus in an effort to ensure the privacy and security of our campus community. UCPD also encourages anyone who observes any suspicious devices or activities to report them to UCPD.
- If you have immediate safety concerns, please call 911 for emergencies.
- For other time-sensitive or urgent matters, call UCPD at 805-893-3446.
- For non-urgent incidents on UCSB property (campus/off campus university property or housing), you can also use www.police.ucsb.edu/report-crime.
- For individuals who may have knowledge directly relevant to this Santa Barbara County Sheriff's case, please contact the Isla Vista Foot Patrol at 805-681-4179. They also can provide anonymous information by calling the SBSO tip line at 805-681-4171 or online at sbsheriff.org.
- Additional resources are listed below.
We recognize that there are varying levels of comfort for community members to speak to the police. CARE Advocates will provide in-person accompaniment to all law enforcement interviews, if you are a victim reporting a crime related to sexual assault, it is your right to have an advocate and support person present at all police interviews.
Lastly, to the broader campus community: We realize that this is deeply distressing news and that members of our community may be affected in different ways by the incident and by this notification. We want to make sure that all faculty, staff, and students are aware of resources available to them for support.
While we know that instances of harm occur in our community, and those actions are never the fault of those who experience violence and harassment; all of us can play an important role in keeping our community safe. Some recommendations to help you prevent violence and support the survivors in your life are: practice respect and kindness; define, express, and listen to personal boundaries; and always pay attention and listen to one another’s words, actions, or inactions. Lastly, check in with your friends and express your support for them if you are concerned.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Garry Mac Pherson
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
Chief of Police