Siena College. Photo from Wikimedia.
LOUDONVILLE— Siena College is investigating the sexual assault of a student that allegedly occurred on campus last week.
The alleged attack occurred on Monday, Nov. 21 in on campus housing. The victim was familiar with the alleged attacker, according to the school.
Siena could not comment on the investigation itself, but said, “Siena College takes reports of sexual assault very seriously and College officials are conducting an investigation according to the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. Siena’s priority is to protect the safety and well-being of all its students. The Siena College community is committed to helping students recognize, report, and prevent sexual violence,” in a statement.
Siena has notified Colonie police of the situation, though police spokesman Lt. Bob Winn said that the victim did not want police involvement in the matter. However, an investigation can be done if the victim changes his or her mind, Winn said.
In early November, State police arrested a 22-year-old Hudson man who had been allegedly involved with a separate student assault on campus in October. That man, Christopher Johnson, was not a student of the college.
More information about sexual assault prevention at Siena College can be found here.