An allegation of a sexual assault at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois – a western suburb of Chicago next to Naperville – is being investigated is being investigated, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday evening.
Two young women are making the allegation, and officials have now interviewed six people of interest in the case – all male students at the University. Only one of the women is a student at Benedictine University while the other one is a friend of hers. Thus far, the case is being reviewed by prosecutors, but no charges have been filed.
According to the University’s chief of police, Michael Salatino, the women were socializing on Sept. 14, at the Founder’s Woods apartment complex which is on campus. The alleged sexual assault happened when they went to Neuzil Hall – a coed dormitory – around 3:00 a.m. The chief said that a female friend of the two women who were allegedly assaulted reported the incident to the campus police. When the police arrived, they found the two women sitting outside Scholl Hall which is another dormitory located very close to Neuzil Hall. Salatino stated that the two women were clearly in distress, after which the Lisle Police Department and Fire Department took over the case. Turning such a case over to the Lisle Police Department - when the University police didn’t have the staff or resources to collect physical evidence at that time - is following protocol, according to Salatino.
The women were treated at Edward Hospital in Naperville.
A Lisle policeman, Ronald Wilke claims there was no ongoing threat to public safety regarding the situation. He also said the police department believes it has met with and interviewed everyone who was involved.
The University, as required by federal law, has opened a separate administrative investigation of the alleged assault. Should Benedictine University authorities choose to, they may engage in disciplinary action against the students involved even if criminal charges are not filed in the case.
This was the first sexual assault on campus – that has been reported – since the Benedictine University department was initiated in 2006, according to Salatino. He also said that emails were sent to students and staff to alert them of the incident after the incident was reported. Additionally, posters went up around campus asking for more information regarding the allegations.