Boise State sends campus wide alert following reports of sexual misconduct
BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) —
Boise State is warning students about the schools policy on sexual misconduct.
The alert came out in a campus-wide email Wednesday night. The Boise State Department of Public Safety says it's recently received several unrelated reports of potential sexual misconduct.
A spokesperson for the university says the email is not an indication that there has been an uptick in sexual misconduct at BSU.
The reports have been brought forward as the semester is getting started so the school is taking the opportunity to provide tips for students, faculty and staff.
"The university seeks to keep students informed and armed with information to stay safe, so we send these updates out at times just to keep this information on the top of mind for students and others, even when, as the email indicated, the reports haven't sparked a "timely warning" email required by the federal government," a spokesman for the university said in an email.
The school also reminds the students that sexual misconduct is never the fault of the victim.
Victims are encouraged to report crimes to law enforcement but can also reach out to the school directly. The school also provides confidential counseling and support services.
Students at the school say they are very aware that this happens on college campuses but can be a difficult subject to address.
"I think some people they don't initially come out because they're scared so if it comes out that it is happening and they give those emails and just to let people be aware I think more people would be comfortable coming out and actually bringing the topic to discussion," BSU student Simon Villanueva said.
"With the email that the school sent out it kind of shows that they are there for you," BSU student Leah Simons said. "Almost like they know that's going on but that they have the resources to help you like go through if it happens to you or someone you care about."