Posted: Oct 30, 2013 10:39 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
Updated: Oct 30, 2013 10:41 PM
BOZEMAN - As we first reported on Tuesday night, MSU police are investigating another report of rape at the university.
This is the third sexual assault reported at MSU this semester. This time a woman says she was assaulted in a dorm room.
Director of the MSU News Service Tracy Ellig says, "Every single one of these cases is disturbing. We take them very seriously."
According to MSU Police, they got a call from Bozeman Deaconess on Monday, saying a woman claimed to have been raped at the North Hedges dormitory two days earlier. Police say alcohol was involved.
Given the seriousness of such cases officials are encouraging students on campus to follow their advice.
Assistant Chief of MSU Police, Mark Lachapelle says students should drink responsibly to minimize the risk.
MSU Police recently asked the county attorney to press charges against suspects in two other sexual assaults that happened last month at two frat houses - Phi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi.
Right now, officials are waiting for the victim before they investigate these latest allegations.
"We don't want to pressure the victim to come in," Lachapelle said. "We let them know that we're here, let them know what we can do to continue the investigation, so were awaiting further action."
Meanwhile, administrators hope the university can take proactive steps in preventing such incidents from occurring.
"Reach a point when we have zero cases. But that may not be possible," Ellig says. "What we really hope is, the victims come forward and report."
MSU will conduct a Title Nine investigation into these latest allegation, as required by federal law, to make sure no sexual discrimination was involved in this case.