Update: Sexual assault at Dominican University

By: Anthony Garcia

October 31, 2012

In the wake of a reported sexual assault on campus, Dominican University has responded.

Director or Public Information Jessica Mackinnon and Dominican released a statement regarding the alleged incident saying that, “Dominican University Campus Security was contacted on Monday, October 8 by the River Forest Police Department regarding an allegation that a sexual assault had occurred on campus over the weekend of October 6-7. A student voluntarily accompanied River Forest police to the River Forest police department where the student cooperated with police questioning. The student was released from the police department and no charges were filed.”

Mackinnon continued to say that the alleged victim formally filed no charges or allegations to campus security.

“The university is cooperating fully with the River Forest police department regarding this situation. The university is also conducting its own confidential investigation of this allegation,” Mackinnon said.

Sgt. Mike Thornley of the River Forest Police Department said that, “The sexual assault case is closed on our end. There is no suspect at large that we are seeking at this time.”

Back on Sunday Oct. 7, at about 8 p.m. staff at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room in Chicago notified River Forest Police about the assault.

Mercy Hospital said that they treated the victim who reported that she had been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance while at Dominican during Homecoming weekend on main campus, according to River Forest Police Department.