Reaction To Sexual Assault Investigation At SDSU

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An investigation into an alleged sexual assault on the campus of South Dakota State University has now crossed state lines. While authorities have identified a suspect, they haven’t released his name. 

In an email to students, university officials say the sexual assault – reported on Sunday – happened at the Jackrabbit Village.

“The two had been introduced and he was allowed into a residence hall,” university spokesperson Mike Lockrem said.

Monday morning, students received another e-mail updating them on the investigation.

“That individual has been identified and he is a non-SDSU student, not in state and so we are working with local authorities in the region that he is in, to bring him in for questioning,” Lockrem said.

SDSU is required to notify its students of situations like this. Olivia Murray is a freshman and is impressed with how quickly she was notified. 

“Didn’t take much time with this incident; I think they did a very good job at being prompt with the warnings,” Murray said.

Lockrem says this is a situation SDSU takes seriously.

“We continually work with our students on education about personal safety and things they can do so we will address this as a very serious matter; the authorities are working quickly to bring this to a close,” Lockrem said.

Lockrem says there are resources available to students if they’ve been a victim of a crime, such as going to the Title IX office or University police. 

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