Texas State University Police sent out an emergency text alert Tuesday morning to all students and faculty about a reported sexual assault on campus.
According to the alert, a female student reported that she had been sexually assaulted in her on-campus residence hall Friday, April 27, by a man. She tells police it happened a second time the following day.
The alert did not elaborate if the victim knew the man, which dormitory she was staying in or if charges will be filed.
“I was actually really surprised because the security is pretty high here, the only way someone can get in is if they follow someone that has an ID,” said Texas State University student Cristen Flanagan.
“My first thought was sadness. I was like, oh great this happened again,” said Texas State University student Alyssa Wakefield.
Wakefield is part of the university’s student-run organization “Not on My Campus,” a group working to raise awareness of sexual assaults at the school. She says she hears the stories often, but this one caught her attention.
“I was surprised we got a text because a lot of the time it happens without a text and I hear about it or my friends hear about it,” said Wakefield.
Wakefield says the text was positive because students are at least beginning to report the assaults, but for some, the alert created more questions than answers.
“The alerts aren’t the best,” said Flanagan. Many students told KXAN the alert was too generic. “I feel like they should just give us more feedback so we know what’s going on, so we know where not to go.”
For Wakefield, she wishes the university would be more open and if it can’t give details then at least some useful information. “One thing that would be nice would be more emails about preventing it in the first place instead of just, ‘oh yeah, this happened,'” she said.
KXAN reached out to Texas State officials for a comment but have yet to hear back.
Have a comment? Leave it in the post below: