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Update: One Of The Three Sex Assaults Reported Did Not Occur, Say Police

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UPDATED (October 31, 2018)

After an investigation by SUNY Cortland University Police, they have determined that the sexual assault that was reported to have occurred Friday (October 26) at 3 a.m. on Prospect Terrace near Memorial Library did not occur.

From the SUNY Cortland Office of Communication:

“Working with the cooperation of the reporting person, investigators found that the report was unfounded. Reports can be unfounded for a variety of reasons. This investigation determined that no additional action is needed.

Even though this case was unfounded, it should be noted that the vast majority of sexual assault reports are made in good faith. The College and the University Police strongly support all survivors of sexual assault and encourage all possible victims to report incidents, even if no action is desired. We offer multiple ways for individuals to do this, which are outlined on the reporting options webpage of SUNY Cortland’s Title IX Office.”


ORIGINAL STORY (October 30, 2018)

There were three unrelated sexual assaults reported to SUNY Cortland Police this weekend, just weeks after the school was named in the top 5 of a list of New York colleges with the most Title IX complaints.

On Friday (October 26), University Police say a member of the campus community reported a rape that occurred at around 3 a.m. in the area of Prospect Terrace near the SUNY Cortland Memorial Library.

The suspect was not known to the victim and Police have no description at this time.

University Police also say a student came to them on Friday (October 26) reporting a rape that occurred between September 14 and 15. In this incident, the suspect is known to the victim and UPD is now continuing its investigation.

In a third incident Sunday (October 27), Police say another member of the campus community reported a forcible touching incident that occurred inside a campus building just before 1:00 that morning.

The suspect in this case has been identified and the Student Conduct Office will now be handling the case.

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