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Police: Student sexual assault reported by staff member

By Taylor Wizner, Daily News Editor
Published February 25, 2013

A University employee has reported that a student told her that she was sexually assaulted after attending a party on Feb. 15, according to University Police.

The incident was reported to UMPD at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, six days after the night of the alleged assault. At the time of the report, the location of the alleged sexual assault was unknown. UMPD spokeswoman Diane Brown said investigators determined that the assault took place off campus.

Brown said there was no AAPD report filed because the survivor was not willing to provide more information.

Brown said the University police are still looking into the report to see if there is a threat to the community, in which case the department would release a crime alert.

The assault would be the third sexual assault reported by police this semester. Crime alerts were released on Jan. 13, when a student was raped at West Quad residence hall, and on Feb. 3, when a student was sexually assaulted in a taxi cab at an off-campus parking lot.

The University has become more aware of sexual assaults on campus after the U.S. Department of Education mandated that colleges nationwide update their sexual misconduct policies to better comply with Title IX, a federal anti-sexdiscrimination statute which was amended April 2011.

West Quad rape suspect yet to be charged

The student arrested for the Jan. 13 rape that was reported in West Quad Residence Hall still has not been charged, Brown said Monday.

The suspect, who allegedly raped the survivor after walking to West Quad following an off-campus party, was arrested in January after a tip led to the suspect. The student was processed and released pending warrant authorization.

Brown said it is likely the student has not yet been charged because the crime lab is still processing evidence. The lab must analyze a number of tests, which could take up to several months to process.

Evidence will be sent to the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be levied against the student. According to the Washtenaw County website, the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney's Office provides additional resources devoted to prosecuting sexual assaults, including dedicated warrant review, services to victims and vertical prosecution allowing the victim of a sex crime to work with the assistant prosecutor.

The University’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Michigan Union. It also offers a 24-hour crisis line at (734) 936-3333.

Clarification: There was no report filed with the Ann Arbor Police Department for the Feb. 15 alleged assault because the survivor was not willing to provide more information. She did not specifically ask the police not to investigate the incident any further.

Corrections appended: A previous version of the article misstated that the West Quad rape suspect was charged for the crime. The suspect has yet to be charged or arraigned. Additionally, the article was amended to alter the description of the student who was allegedly sexually assaulted as a survivor, rather then a victim as previously stated.