UPDATED INFORMATION: Thanks to the public’s help, the suspect has been identified and is no longer in South Dakota. The University Police Department is working jointly with out-of-state law enforcement on this incident. Further updates will be provided when available.
TIMELY WARNING –SEXUAL ASSAULT
South Dakota State University issues crime alerts in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about reported crime on and around campus. South Dakota State University is committed to the safety of the campus community and is releasing this information to aid in its protection. For more information about the Clery Act, visit its website.
This information is provided so you can make informed decisions and take appropriate action to ensure your safety and mitigate any likelihood of similar crimes.
INCIDENT: Sexual Assault
DETAILS: On 10/14/2018 a resident of Jackrabbit Village was sexually assaulted by an individual that is described as a white male 18-20 years of age, approximately 5’6” to 5’9” in height with an average build. The individual was allowed inside the residence hall but is not believed to be an SDSU student. He was last seen wearing a yellow University of Iowa sweatshirt and a grey baseball cap. The University Police Department is seeking information about the individual and his whereabouts as they believe there is potential for on going threat.
UPD can be contacted at 605-688-5117.
POLICE RESPONSE: The University Police Department is investigating the incident and pursing all leads.
REPORTING AN ASSAULT: University Police Department urges anyone who believes they have been the victim of a crime, or has witnessed a crime, to contact local law enforcement. UPD can be contacted by dialing 111 from a campus phone or 911 from a cellular phone. The UPD non-emergency number is 688-5117. Additional information is available on the UPD website.
The Jackrabbits Guardian smartphone app is a tool that provides instant communication with UPD when used on campus and with the local 911 law enforcement dispatch center when activated off campus.
More information is available on the Jackrabbits Guardian website.
Sexual assault is a violation of the law and our community standards. As a community, we stand ready to support all victims. In addition to law enforcement, sexual assault may also be reported to the dean of students at 688-4493 and/or the Title IX Coordinator at 688-4128. Additional information is available at the university’s Title IX website.
Victims of any form of sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault, are encouraged to seek confidential assistance from SDSU Counseling Services at 688-6146. Additional university and community resources are listed on the Office of Safety and Security website.
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