Sexual assault reported on the campus of CNU

Posted at 12:10 PM, Aug 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-01 20:19:59-04

Newport News, Va. - As students head back to class at Christopher Newport University on Monday, they are hoping to learn more about a suspected sexual assault that happened on campus over the weekend.

Campus police sent an alert to thousands of students Sunday, saying police received a report of a suspected sexual assault at a residence hall earlier that morning.

"I was a little worried, I have a lot of friends on campus so I didn't know who it was," said student Raven Terry.

Not knowing many details of what happened over the weekend was a major issue for students like Kara Leanord.

"They don`t really give us details, they just let us know what`s going on," said Leanord.

The alert did say the suspected sexual assault happened in a residential hall early Sunday morning and that alcohol may have been involved. But it did not have a suspect description, didn't say if an arrest was made, and didn't say where the assault happened.

It wasn't until NewsChannel 3 looked at the CNU Crime Log that the reported rape was listed as happening on East Campus.

That's where Erica Rome lives.

"It didn't say who it was or if anyone was arrested," Rome said. "It definitely makes me nervous."

The crime log lists what crimes happened on campus in the last 60 days and since July, there has been an aggravated assault, two rapes, and another assault, three of those crimes happening just this weekend.

But there was one detail in the alert that brought relief to students: the fact that police say there is no imminent danger or ongoing threats to campus.

Though students say they feel safe, they simply wish they knew more.

NewsChannel 3 tried to contact university officials to see if there was any more information about the suspected sexual assault, but because of the Labor Day holiday, no one was available.