SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) — Students at the University of Utah say they want more transparency from their campus leaders after a female student claimed she was sexually assaulted on campus Monday night.
“I wish I had a little more information when I woke up this morning and I kept checking to see if there was more when I was coming to school but I still had to come,“ says Ute Kate Warnock.
Officers say the alleged sexual assault happened Monday night around 10:30 pm in the parking lot west of the Marriott Library. The victim reported it to police just after midnight.
Students found out about the claim five hours later.
U of U ALERT: Police investigating a reported sexual assault to have occurred west of Marriott Library around 10:30 pm March 25. Updates at https://t.co/paCiWmVeD9.— University of Utah (@UUtah) March 26, 2019
Beth Cyr tells ABC4, “That’s a little late, like, if I was walking home from campus at 11 o’clock and getting off work on the way up to the dorms, that’s not maybe the most safe situation to put students in.“
Fellow Ute Devon Rivers adds, “I don’t know entirely how the messages get sent out but, yeah that should have been sent out earlier.“
Many students want more cameras on the campus.
“Just to keep track of everything that is happening and keep students safe, get things happening a little faster, an alerts out sooner,“ says Warnock.
We asked representatives at the U how many cameras were on campus, the answer we got was – hundreds.
Cyr says, “I think that would be one way to help students be more safe here on campus.“
University Police say they will be looking at area surveillance video to get more details on the suspect.
During a press conference on campus, police said ABC4 they are going to let the victim rest for a few days before re-interviewing her about the alleged sexual assault.
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