WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita state students protested, marching through campus, demanding action after someone reported an alleged sexual assault this week in a dorm on campus.
Students gathered in the Shocker Hall Quad at 4:30 p.m. Friday to support the alleged victim and marched through campus toward the University Police Department headquarters. Several people spoke about awareness for sexual assault, and some survivors shared their own stories.
“Whatever we wear whatever we do is our decision and it doesn’t mean yes,” said one protester.
Several dozen students came out to the protest.
“We are thankful that they allowed us to protest, but I also think that they should obviously be more open and more responsive when it comes to things like this where we don’t find out through a newspaper that we find out through them directly,” said Alondra Aguilera, who helped organize the protest.
Aguilera said she was glad so many Shockers came out in support.
“Just among us students, we have such a strong sense of community, that we are here, we can stand up for each other, we can speak out for one another, and we can keep each other safe,” said Aguilera.
The VP of student affairs said she is glad students care about what happened on campus, but there is only so much that can be shared at this point.
“I think folks are going to still be disappointed because they are going to demand answers, but we don’t want to jeopardize the outcome of an investigation by saying too much at a time when we shouldn’t be talking about something,” said Dr. Teri Hall the VP of Student Affairs for WSU.
The report to police was made on Tuesday and said a student was sexually assaulted in their dorm room at Shocker Hall, at 3 a.m. Sunday. The University Police Department is conducting an investigation.
A Clery Alert must meet all three of the following requirements listed under ‘20.21 Emergency Response and Evacuation’ in WSU’s Policies and Procedures to be issued to the entire campus.
“A timely warning will be issued for all reportable Clery Act crimes when (1) the crime occurs within the University’s Clery Act geography; and (2) the crime is reported to Campus Security Authorities or local police agencies; and (3) the crime is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.”WSU Policies and Procedures, II. Timely Warning, D.
Wichita State University President Rick Muma told KSN, “the university cannot comment on an active criminal or Title IX investigation nor can the university share information that is protected by federal privacy and record laws.”
You can read his full statement here.
Anyone can report sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation at www.wichita.edu/reportit.
The University’s policies related to sexual violence, harassment and retaliation are accessible to all students and the public on their website.