A 19-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student sought treatment in a local emergency room Sunday morning after an altercation during a dance.

Dominique L. Johnson of Louisville was treated for what appeared to be a puncture wound to the upper left tricep at 2:49 a.m. at Pattie A. Clay Medical Center.

“The hospital contacted the EKU police and notified them that this injury had occurred,” Marcus Whitt, EKU’s associate vice president of Public Relations and Marketing said Monday.

Preliminary information from Whitt is that Johnson was attending a university-sanctioned student organization party sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma in the Weaver Building Gymnasium that began Saturday night and ended Sunday morning when the incident occurred.

Johnson was not admitted to the hospital because of his injury.

“At this point it appears to be an altercation of some kind,” Whitt said. “We don’t have information yet concerning what the exact details are.”

EKU police are handing the investigation of the incident. Persons with information concerning the investigation are asked to contact EKU Police by calling 1-859-622-2821.

There currently are no suspects.

“It is important to note that this was an isolated incident and the safety of EKU students was never in question,” Whitt said.

“Because Eastern Kentucky University places a high value on maintaining a positive living and learning environment for its students and entire university community, the university placed into action today an internal review of this weekend’s incident by reviewing its security measures for such events as well as evaluating how it can enhance those measures in the future,” he said.

“We typically have dances on campus,” Whitt said. “They are usually sponsored by an official student organization at the university. We have confirmed that all policies and procedures were followed by our students to host this type of event.

“Specifically, it has been confirmed that there were on- and off-campus advisors and chaperones present at the event along with EKU Police officers who frequently patrolled the area and who were present at the event,” Whitt said.

Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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