Crime

Male BSU student reports ‘forcible fondling’; university investigates

Boise State University officials notified students and the campus community Saturday of the inappropriate touching, which reportedly happened Thursday, Sept. 8, during a dance on the grass intramural field near the student union building, Boise State spokesman Greg Hahn said.

Saturday’s email from Campus Security described “a report that a male student was forcibly fondled by an unknown woman. ... The Director of Title IX Compliance is investigating the report.”

Asked whether the incident was reported to Boise police, Hahn said Monday that would be up to the victim, and experts generally agree “that universities should not take that choice away from the respondent.”

Sherry Squires, spokesperson for BSU, said Tuesday that the student did not file a report with Boise Police Department.

Boise State’s email about the incident had no details of the specific allegation but detailed the university’ policy about sexual assault, available campus resources and guidelines.

Anyone with information about the Sept. 8 incident is asked to call the Department of Public Safety, 426-6911, or make an anonymous report through Silent Witness.

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