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Police investigating off-campus sexual assault of Eastern Michigan University student

Posted at 12:55 PM, Nov 15, 2019

Eastern Michigan University Police say one of their students was the victim of a sexual assault that took place off campus.

The crime allegedly occurred on the 200 block of Normal Street, and was reported Thursday afternoon.

According to police who are working together with Ypsilanti detectives, the incident allegedly took place between 11 p.m. Saturday, November 2, and 1 am on Sunday, November 3.

The university released the following information for students:

"Our Title IX coordinator has gone to Sunday and evening (just to point out she accommodate non-workday schedules) Sorority and Fraternity meetings, athletic team meetings, Resident Hall floor meetings, etc. It’s an ongoing effort on our part to educate students about safety in terms of sexual assaults and intimate-partner violence.

Our state of the art headquarters in the Department of Public Safety, located on the northwest side of campus, is equipped with a high-tech communications center and we have more than 900 cameras located across campus.

Eastern uses a university-wide text-messaging alert service, known as RAVE, to notify you if an emergency situation occurs on campus. The alerts provide real-time information via a text message to your cell phone in the event of an emergency.

We also have a special victims unit of six police officers who are specially trained in handling such crimes. Our approach is to believe the victim from the very start and go from there.

We tell students if you witness a crime or see an emergency on or near campus, call Eastern Michigan University Police at 734.487.1222. Program this number into your phone. You also can call 911. Whether on foot, riding a bike or patrolling in their vehicles, our highly trained, professional State of Michigan licensed police force is on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. They are fully sworn in the city of Ypsilanti and deputized in Washtenaw County, and are very responsive to your needs."