The Richmond Register

May 11, 2013

EKU police: Report of campus attack was false

Register staff report

RICHMOND — A report about an attack on campus early Friday morning turned out to false, according to the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department.

The campus police sent out a public safety alert email at 3 a.m. Friday informing the community that a woman had reported she was grabbed from behind and choked at approximately 2 a.m. in the area between McGregor Hall and the Weaver Building.

The woman told police she did not know who the assailant was, and she also was unable to provide a description of the suspect.

A little over six hours later at 9:20 a.m., the EKU police sent out an update to the public safety bulletin email, stating that upon further investigation into the incident, the woman admitted her report was untrue.

University spokesman Marc Whitt said he did not know yet if the woman would charged with making a false report.

Campus authorities are required by a federal law, commonly known as the Clery Act, to make timely alerts to the university community of reported crimes that are determined to present a safety or security threat to students and employees.

Such public safety bulletins must be made within 24 hours after the time the incident is first reported to campus police.