(The Picket)- A non-consensual fondling occurred in a Shepherd University residence hall on Wednesday, Nov. 1, according to a campus-wide email notice by the University police department.
The notice contained few details, and Police Chief John McAvoy declined to give further information. The name of the residence hall was not released.
“As it said in the email, there will be no further comment at this time,” McAvoy said.
Sexual assault and such instances are not a new fact at Shepherd or on campuses nationwide. In the 2017 crime report for Shepherd, two instances of fondling were reported in 2016 and the same amount were also reported in 2015.
Unwanted sexual assaults have emerged as a problem throughout society, with recent accusations against many, including movie producer Harvey Weinstein, NPR editor in chief Michael Oreskes, and actor Kevin Spacey.
The Shepherd police report was made in compliance with the federal Jeanne Cleary crime statistics act under Title IX that requires universities report sexual assaults of any kind. The Trump administration has proposed weakening reporting requirements on the grounds that they are unfair to the accused. The National Education Association has objected to the change saying it would make campuses less safe.
*an edit has been made to this article a previous spelling of the Jeanne Cleary act as the Jean Cleary act was incorrectly noted.