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BREAKING: Sexual assault reported in Mertz

A female Loyola student reported she was sexually assaulted by a male student in Mertz Hall on Saturday, April 12.

According to a Campus Safety report, the attacker was the female student’s acquaintance. Neither person has been publicly identified.

The Chicago Police Department of News Affairs has no record of the incident and said Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety handles all crimes on campus.

University officials confirmed that no arrests were made in response to this incident.

Maeve Kiley, director of communication, issued an email statement to The PHOENIX, which said, “The threat to the community has been assessed and no arrests have been made.”

However, in an email statement to The PHOENIX, Tim Cunningham, special project sergeant of Campus Safety, said, “An offender was immediately identified and actions [were] taken by the university.”

As of press time, Loyola students had not yet been informed of the crime.

Cunningham said this was “because an offender was immediately identified and actions [were] taken by the university, [so] it was not deemed a serious or continuing threat.”

At this point it is unclear what actions the university has taken against the male student. Kiley said, “We can’t comment on student affairs, but Student Development has been involved and is following up on the situation.”

She added, “The university is following official protocol, and are taking action, but we can’t divulge the details.”

According to the Community Standards, sexual assault falls under the category of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is classified as a “C” crime at Loyola, the most severe crime. The student handbook states appropriate sanctions for sexual misconduct may include residence hall and university suspension or expulsion.

Punishments for category C crimes, according to the handbook, can include a $200 fine or 30 hours of disciplinary service. Most C crimes receive, at minimum, probation which can last for multiple years. Other disciplinary actions include permanent restrictions on access to university facilities, educational projects and mandatory regular meetings with administrators.

The Community Standards does specify that sanctions are always assigned on a case-by-case basis and are often different than those defined in the handbook.

Kiley also said the university is engaged and is responding to the female student’s needs.

Neither Cunningham nor Kiley believe there is a further threat to the Loyola community.

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