JONESBORO, Ark. – A sexual assault was reported at Arkansas State University over the weekend but the circumstances were not that of a wider threat to other students.
A 20-year-old female student reported being sexually assaulted by someone she knew between 2:45 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday morning at the Northpark Quads at the main campus. The victim told Corporal Tracy Fleetwood the suspect, a 19-year-old man whose name has not been released, was known to her, personally.
With the two having some type of personal relationship, according to reports, the alleged incident was believed by police not to be indicative of a wider threat to other students.
Knowing this and following the law under the Clery Act is why no security notices were sent out, said Bill Smith, executive director of marketing and communication for the university.
“This is a situation where our university police department has opened an investigation and it is currently on-going,” Smith told NEA Report. “However, some have asked why there was not a timely notice to campus and it was because our university police had determined that in this case, all parties were known to each other. They had been interviewed on Sunday as part of the beginning of the investigation and that there was no continuing threat to the rest of campus.”
Smith assured the public the UPD was being very diligent in this case.
“The important part of Clery to remember is – if we have a continuing threat to other students, we have and we will alert the campus,” Smith said.
The suspect of this allegation is firmly not believed to be the suspect police are still searching for in an sexual assault reported to have allegedly occurred on Sept. 10. That incident was also reported to have happened at Northpark Quads. Anyone with information about that incident is still asked to contact UPD at 870-972-2093.