University Police remove notices of alleged sexual assault on campus

University Police remove notices of alleged sexual assault on campus

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University alerted students Friday night about a possible sexual assault that allegedly occurred on campus Wednesday, but took down the notifications Saturday evening.

According to the news release, University Police were notified that a student was held against her will and sexually assaulted by an unknown male in a vehicle parked by the Red Wolf Recreation Center.

The alleged incident was believed to have happened at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Police made the decision to remove the notifications after the information provided by the victim didn't add up with other facts.

They believed the incident did not happen and that there is no suspect.

Students around the recreation center said they do have concerns after seeing the notifications when simply walking across the street.

Kelsey Rivers is a member of a sorority on campus and said she is going to have to be more aware when walking around campus.

"It's just scary that something would have happened in such close proximity," Rivers said. "Its just hard to imagine that no one would have seen anything happening and done anything about it in a place that's pretty public. Even though it was like, I think 10:30 at night or something. It's still a pretty a public place and it's scary to know that something could happen so close."

She said she would like the university to send out alerts when incidents like this happen similar to the bad weather alerts students can get now. She explained she and her friends found out about from the notifications posted around school and advisers from her organization.

UPD encourages students to prevent becoming a victim of violent acts by being aware of their surroundings and the people around you, especially if you are alone or it's dark.

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