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University Police investigate report of sexual assault on campus

By Stella Harvey

CW: Sexual assault

A rape was reported in Birnam Wood Apartments at 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, according to a Western Alert advisory email.

A female student and resident of Birnam Wood Apartments reported she was raped by a man in her apartment at around 5 p.m., according to the Western Alert. The man is not a Western student and was visiting the woman as an acquaintance when the sexual assault occurred, according to the campus-wide email.

The Western Alert said the man was no longer on Western’s campus.

In an email to The Western Front, Paul Cocke, director of communications and marketing, said the university has offered the survivor support services.

Cocke said the man has not been arrested or charged. University Police interviewed him and trespassed him from Western’s campus, he said.

University Police will present the case to the Whatcom County Prosecutor where possible charges can be made, Cocke said.

*The story was updated on May 29 at 11:34 p.m. with additional information from Paul Cocke.

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