Timely Warnings posted according to Clery Act
By Fedor Gaponenko and Dylan Coil
In the past two weeks, EWU Campus Police reported one confirmed assault and another potential stalking case that both occurred on the Cheney campus.
On Nov. 2 around 7:50 p.m., a female student was assaulted in the area of the University Recreation Center (URC) and Louise Anderson (LA) Hall.
As of Oct. 26, Campus Police are looking into a case involving a male student who reportedly followed a female student near Kingston and Senior Hall and was also seen loitering near the bus stop at the PUB, according to the EWU Police Department Timely Warning.
The Timely Warning, posted on ewu.edu, stated that the suspect involved in last Wednesday’s assault is a black male in his early to mid-20’s, around 6 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build and a goatee.
The man reportedly grabbed the female student and attempted to take her to a secluded location.
Deputy Chief of Campus Police Gary Gasseling said that campus police received two or three tips for the assault case so far and, “at this point, we’re working through anyone who could identify the individual.”
When asked if the assailant who committed the assault could be a student, Gasseling said, “our suspicions are yes, but we have no way to prove that.”
The suspect accused of stalking a female student two weeks ago is a white male in his mid-20’s, around 5 feet 9 inches, clean shaven with short brown hair, according to the Timely Warning.
“Right now, we have no case [for the stalker],” Gasseling said. “The person hasn’t been identified.”
Stalking cases are not very common occurrences in Cheney, according to Cheney Police Department Commander Rick Campbell. “It’s been several months, maybe a year or so since the last stalker case was reported, as I recall,” Campbell said.
According to Gasseling, the Timely Warnings posted to Eastern’s website are mandatory police reports in compliance with the Clery Act.
According to securityoncampus.org, Jeanne Clery was a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered while asleep in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986.
Jeanne’s parents, Connie and Howard Clery, discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on their daughter’s campus in the three years before her murder.
They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact a law so that students could be informed.
Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Clery Act requires colleges and universities across the U.S. to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
Gasseling said that, statistically, the campus police do not get many reports of assaults and other similar cases, such as stalking.
Based on the number of reports that are filed, these may not be common occurrences.
However, there is always the possibility that cases like these happen and students don’t report them to campus police.
“If these things do happen, they need to be reported,” said Gasseling. “Students don’t know if this is the second, third, or even fourth time this crime has been committed or where it could be leading to.”
If anyone has information related to either of these cases, or any other crime that may have been committed on campus or in Cheney, call EWU Police directly at 509-359-6310 during normal business hours, Police Dispatch at 509-535-9233 after hours or EWU Police Tip Line at 509-359-4286.