Sexual assault reported in UI residence hall


The third sexual assault occurring in a University of Iowa residence hall for the school year was reported this past weekend, and the student will be the first person to pursue charges in a case of this nature.

A student reported a sexual assault to the University of Iowa police on Jan. 25 — the first of the semester. The assault reportedly occurred in a residence hall and by an acquaintance.

Last semester, four sexual assaults were reported, with each person reportedly being assaulted by acquaintances. Three of the four reported assault victims chose not to press charges, and the other is under investigation.

Of the four assaults reported last semester, three were on campus, two in a residence hall.

The reported victim in the most recent case is the first to press charges.

Joseph Brennan, the UI vice president for Strategic Communication, said sexual assaults are taken seriously, and the university will continue to provide support to victims.

“One is too many, and we take these types of crimes very seriously,” he said. “We will continue to provide support and continue to pursue the investigation.”

The case is under investigation. 

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