Second sexual assault of year reported on Hobo Day


FILE PHOTO Hansen Hall

Makenzie Huber

A sexual assault was reported from a female student in Hansen Hall at 3:39 a.m. Saturday morning of Hobo Day weekend. It is the second sexual assault reported at South Dakota State this semester.

The sexual assault is still being investigated by the University Police Department.

The student knew the name of the suspect. University police officers brought the suspect in for questions, but are now looking at a “different situation that has arisen,” said University Police Department Chief Tim Heaton.

A campus-wide email was not sent out to students containing a warning. The Jeanne Clery Act obligates SDSU and other universities to inform students of any crime that occurs on campus.

UPD Chief Tim Heaton said a campus-wide email was not sent because the crime is still under investigation. Once police officers “know what actually happened,” an email would be sent to the student population if a sexual assault occurred, Heaton said.

“There’s a lot of confusion about what had happened,” Heaton said. “It was reported as a sexual assault, but we’re still trying to prove what happened.”

UPD needs to gather information and answer any questions left about the incident.