Reported sex assault at Cal Poly won't be investigated by police

clambert@thetribunenews.comApril 30, 2013 

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly’s University Police Department is not conducting a criminal investigation into a sexual assault that reportedly happened early Sunday in Muir Hall because the victim has chosen not to speak to police or file a report, Chief George Hughes said.

Police were alerted to the incident by Safer, Cal Poly’s sexual assault and relationship violence prevention program. It offers rape crisis counselors, counseling and confidential and anonymous reporting of a sexual assault.

Hughes said the federal Clery Act requires such crimes to be reported to police if they occurred on campus or at a campus-affiliated home. The crimes are then included in the police department’s crime statistics.

The University Police Department was notified Monday afternoon about a forcible sex act that happened early Sunday. The victim reported that she was intoxicated to the point of being unconscious at the time of the assault and was unable to consent, according to a crime alert issued by police.

Hughes said there’s no indication that someone broke into the dorm. That information would be divulged to police “because that would create a different type of threat to the campus community,” he said.

However, other details about the alleged assault, including the time it occurred, were not disclosed to police.