UPDATE: Marshall Students Get Notice About Reported Sexual Assault

UPDATE 8/29/14 @ 7:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A safety notice was sent out to students at Marshall University on Friday, warning them that a sexual assault had been reported on campus.

According to the notice, the alleged assault happened Aug. 20 in the East Twin Tower Building.

The assault was reported Thursday to the University’s Department of Public Safety.

No other details were mentioned in the notice, but a Marshall University representative tells WSAZ.com both people involved in the incident are Marshall students.

The incident sparked different reactions among students, especially from students who live in the East Tower.

“I was terrified,” Marshall freshman Rayna Williams said. “I was really worried because it's scary to think that something could happen like that when it's my first year here, its really terrifying.”

One student says the report does make her more aware of her surroundings, but it doesn’t concern her.

“I guess it kind of does a little bit, but I mean overall here at Marshall, and Huntington in general, I feel safe here,” Marshall freshman Liz Dyer said.

Marshall University urges anyone who believes they have been a victim of sexual assault to immediately contact Marshall Police, Huntington Police or 911.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/29/14 @ 11:46 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Marshall University Police say they are investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred on campus earlier this month.

In an email safety notice that went out to students Friday morning, authorities said the alleged incident happened in the Twin Towers East residence hall on August 20.

The incident was not report to campus police until Thursday night.

No other information on the alleged assault was given out in the email.

The Marshall University Office of Public Safety urges anyone who believes they have been a victim of a sexual offense to immediately contact the police.

Campus police can be contacted at 304-696-4357. Huntington Police can be contacted at 911 or directly at 304-696-4470.

Victims of any form of sexual assault are also encouraged to seek support and can obtain information from the Women's Center at 304- 696-3338 or through CONTACT Rape Crisis Center at 304-399-1111, according to the email.


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