Alleged sexual assault in on-campus residence hall reported


An alleged sexual assault that took place in a residence hall on Jan. 27 was reported to the Lehigh University Police Department on Thursday, according to a safety bulletin email sent by police Chief Edward Shupp on Friday morning.

When reached for comment, Shupp said he could not say what residence hall it occurred in, or whether it was a first-year or upperclassmen residence hall.

Moving forward in the investigation, Shupp said there will be interviews with potential bystanders and those who may have witnessed something earlier that night, as well as the alleged suspect.

The investigation also involves collection of evidence.

“(Since the incident was) reported two or three weeks later, there may or not be physical evidence,” Shupp said.

Based on the evidence found, the school may contact the District Attorney to discuss criminal charges, if the victim wants to pursue them.


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  1. The Lehigh University Police Log cites that the crime was reported on February 10, 2015 – not February 12, 2015. Location: Leavitt Dorm. Criminal mischief is cited at Leavitt Dorm on February 13. The LU PD safety bulletin to students gave an erroneous date of report which means that the Clery Act timely warning mandates were violated and the community was placed at risk.

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