WT Campus Reacts to Alleged Sexual Assaults

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

CANYON, TX - Two sexual assaults on the campus of West Texas A&M University are reported less than a month a part from each other.

University police tell NewsChannel 10,  they are looking at possibly increasing patrols in and around residence halls following the second most recently reported sexual attack towards a student.

According to campus police, Friday afternoon, a female student reported she was sexually assaulted by a male student she knew inside a residence hall. The alleged victim has chosen to not continue with the investigation, so it is closed.  However, campus administrators say, they are taking the report seriously.

"We want our students to be productive students and to feel safe living on our campus. We want to give them every opportunity to be safe on campus." said Victim Assistance Coordinator for WTAMU,  Meri Lyn Odell.

Just a few weeks ago, another female student reported she was sexually assaulted by two male students inside a dormitory. It was reported that she knew one of them. That case has been turned over to the Randall County District Attorney's office and investigators are awaiting lab tests to see if the alleged assault did occur.

Monday afternoon, many students told NewsChannel 10, the recent attacks have them alarmed.

"So close together it is kind of unsettling. I wasn't expecting this, WT has really good safety statistics . To me it was a bit shocking." said freshman Brooke Dosset.

Campus administrators urge any assault victim to contact them. According to them, a student does not have to make a formal complaint in order to seek medical help and counseling.