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MSU students concerned over lack of information on recent on-campus sexual assaults

Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 18:39:38-04

LANSING, Mich. — On MSU's campus, two sexual assaults have been reported within a week of each other--but what has students concerned is the lack of information released from police.

On Sunday, a warning went out to students' email around 9:30 a.m., alerting the public that there had been a sexual assault on campus, but the message lacked a time and other significant details that some students feel they need to know.

"There wasn't much detail, but it was detailed enough that I was like what even happened?" said MSU student, Lindsey Hall.

Hall is a junior at MSU who was left with more questions than answers after MSU's latest timely warning.

"I feel like this could happen to anybody and when I got the email I was just kind of concerned and curious," Hall said.

The email lacked a time stamp and information about whether students were involved.

Although Hall understands confidentiality in situations like this, she wants to know if she should be worried.

"A student to a student is different than if it was a student down the hall, or if it was a random person going into the building," said Hall.

When Fox 47 spoke with police on Monday, they said that although the time of the incident wasn't in the original timely warning, it is public information and can be found on MSU's website under the Clery Crime & Fire Log.

MSU police say it wasn't included because they were still gathering information by the time the warning was sent.

"The timely warnings usually happen in the first couple of hours and because of the investigation and the privacy of the victims, all of that information is kept close as part of the report," said Lieutenant Dave Oslund, of MSU police.

At this time, MSU can't say if the incident that happened in Wonders Hall and the sexual assault that happened last Sunday, involved students.

"With the two sexual assaults, they are an ongoing investigation," said Oslund. "If it was a threat to the community, we would release more information, but at this point they are both isolated incidents and we are continuing to investigate them."

MSU police say that additional information on the sexual assaults will be released to students through their email, but as a community bulletin rather than a timely warning.

According to the crime log, the description of the sexual assault reported Sunday is criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree.

That means sexual contact is alleged by either force or coercion.

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