UPDATED at 1:25 p.m. with University statement below.
Framingham State University has kicked a second male student off campus, pending an investigation, after the fourth report of a sexual assault in a dorm.
Framingham State University Police issued a safety alert to students this morning.
It states "On Sept. 28, at 3:05 a.m., a female resident student reported she was the victim of a forcible sex offense that occurred in North Hall. The victim identified the suspect (male resident student) as an acquaintance. The suspect has been removed from campus while this incident is being investigated. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact us at 508-626-4911."
It should be noted that the three sexual assaults reported last week, police believe were committed by one male student. A spokesperson for the university said they were not rapes, and they were not described as "forcible sexual assaults."
The student newspaper The Gatepost is reporting the male student accused in the three assaults on Sept. 19, was an freshman, 18 years old.
The university issued as statement this afternoon. It is published in its entirety below:
“At 3:05 this morning, a female resident student reported to her Resident
Director that she was the victim of a forcible sex offense which occurred in North Hall. Following University policy, the Resident Director immediately notified University Police. The victim identified the suspect (male resident student) as an acquaintance. The suspect has been removed from campus and banned from all classes and activities while this incident is being
The alleged incident has been reported to the town of Framingham police, who
are assisting campus police with the investigation.
The University is holding an informational meeting with the student body at 3 p.m. this afternoon to share information about safety on campus and answer any questions or concerns. While we are confident there is no immediate danger to students, campus police and residence life security will be increasing their presence in and around dorms. The safety of our community remains our top priority and we urge anyone who has seen or heard about any activity of concern to call campus police. They can be reached 24 hours a day at 508-626-4911.”
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