Police, CMU investigate reported on-campus sexual assault

Grand Junction police and Colorado Mesa University were tight-lipped Thursday about an investigation into a reported sexual assault against a girl during an on-campus party this past weekend.

In a notice distributed Wednesday to students and staff, CMU acknowledged an active investigation into a sexual assault, “in the Rait, Tolman and Walnut Ridge vicinity.”

Police and school representatives declined to answer questions that were unanswered in the school’s prepared notice on the issue.

It reads:

“The University has reason to believe that the reported incident involved heavy alcohol use, possible drug use, and invited non-student guest(s). The University has been able to identify the individuals believed to be involved and are aggressively investigating and holding these individuals accountable, as appropriate, to include referring them to law enforcement.”

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said the agency got involved after being contacted by staff at a local hospital.

Wednesday’s notice said CMU has temporarily suspended non-student guest privileges for students in the Rait, Tolman and Walnut Ridge residence halls. John Marshall, CMU’s vice president for student services, said non-students typically are allowed to stay for a night in residence halls, provided they have an escort and that resident assistants, or RAs, are notified.

Expect to see increased law enforcement presence on campus over coming days during early morning and late night hours, Marshall said.

Authorities urged anyone with information on the case to contact police at 242-6707, Mesa County Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP, or CMU student services, 248-1366.

The Campus Safety Assistance Program, which provides transportation for students and staff around campus seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., can be reached at 260-2683. 

As reported under The Clery Act, CMU recorded two on-campus sexual assaults in 2012 and six in 2011.

Data for 2013 aren’t yet available. Among other requirements, the Clery Act requires institutions to give timely warnings of crimes representing a threat to the safety of students or employees.



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