Students report fifth sexual assault of school year

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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The fifth sexual assault in the University of Iowa school year was reported early Monday morning.

The UI police received a report from a UI student that she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at a UI residence hall.

The student has requested to not proceed with a criminal investigation.

According to the police report, the assault was reported early Monday morning.

While the report was filed in the early Monday morning hours, but a timely warning wasn’t sent to students until midafternoon.

But Assistant Vice President for the UI police Charles Green said the timely notice was in line with the department’s policy.

“We received a report, but we did not have enough information to put out a timely warning,” Green said. “I also contacted sexual misconduct to try to reach out to the victim before the timely warning.”

Once the department confirms the information, it sends the information to the Information Technology Services, where it is drafted into a timely notice. The ITS sends it back to the police, where it is approved. ITS then sends the warning to all UI students in queue, with some students receiving the notice before others. The police approved the notice at 11:49, and students received the alert almost four hours later.

“They do this because this is not an emergency,” Green said. “It’s not a campus-wide impact.”

— by Stacey Murray

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