For the second time in less than a week, Utah State University put out an emergency alert to the campus community Monday, this time for an alleged sexual assault that is suspected to have happened at a fraternity.
Logan police received a report Nov. 4 of the alleged attack potentially involving drugs or alcohol that “likely occurred” at a Greek housing community off campus 24 hours before it was reported to authorities, the USU Code Blue Alert stated. USU referred the matter to the Logan Police Department.
Logan Police Capt. Curtis Hooley informed The Herald Journal that it has no description of a suspect. and the victim is not sure exactly where the incident occurred, and she is not sure if she wants there to be an investigation.
“It’s not uncommon for a victim of sexual assault to not know what they want to do in the very beginning phase,” Hooley said. “It’s a very emotional event for them. … She needs a little time to figure out exactly what she wants to do.”
Mike Kuehn, chief of police for USU Police and campus public safety director, told the campus community in the alert message that actions such as nonconsensual sexual contact are illegal and can result in consequences for perpetrators.
“The health and safety of the campus community is USU’s primary concern, and the university’s Amnesty Policy excuses students who report sexual misconduct from facing discipline for a violation of the student code involving drugs and alcohol,” Kuehn stated.
The alert follows one sent on Halloween, warning students to stay away from Lonnie Nyman, a local funeral home director out on bail after being charged in Utah 1st District Court with sexual exploitation of a minor, dealing in material harmful to a minor, enticing a minor, tampering with a witness and obstruction of justice. USU stated it issued the alert because Nyman had “ties to campus community members, and may pose a threat to them and others.”