Sexual assault reported on campus

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The St. Edward’s University Police Department is investigating a sexual assault reported to have taken place in Basil Moreau Hall Thursday between 11-11:30 p.m.

The assault reportedly occurred in the co-ed dormitory, which houses 180 students. It was reported Friday by a student. 

Students were notified of the report via text message and email by University Police Chief Rudolph Rendon. Rendon declined to provide information, saying he would advise Diaz when the UPD investigation is complete.

Diaz said the campus community was notified of the allegation in compliance with Title IX requirements. The federal civil rights law banning sexual harassment, discrimination and violence requires campus officials to investigate allegations of sexual assault on their campuses, among other duties. The Obama Administration has emphasized specific Title IX sexual violence guidelines since 2011.

A report of sexual assault at St. Edward’s triggers a series of administrative steps and services. A university advocate was available to the student who reported the sexual assault in accordance with the university’s sexual misconduct policy, Diaz said.

University policy leaves the decision about whether to file a report with the Austin Police Department up to the student, Diaz said.

“Unfortunately, national statistics tell us that sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes,” Diaz said. “Our goal is to make reporting parties feel comfortable in filing charges, if that is what they choose to do.”