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Student reports alleged sexual assault

A female student said she was sexually assaulted by a male student in a West Campus dormitory room last weekend. A Duke University Police Department spokesperson said the woman did not suffer serious physical injury during the alleged crime.

DUPD officials are currently investigating the alleged incident, which was reported Tuesday.

Leanora Minai, senior public relations specialist for DUPD, said the female student began drinking in her room Saturday night and then went to a Chapel Hill club with friends. She left the club with four young men, one of whom was the student she alleges sexually assaulted her.

The woman told police she awoke Sunday morning and found one of the men getting dressed. Minai said police officials are investigating whether the woman remembers the crime occurring.

“We commend anybody for coming forward and being brave and talking about these sensitive issues,” Minai said. “These are tough issues and we want people to feel comfortable to talk about these things.”

No charges have been filed.


Duke Chapel defaced with graffiti

Steps near the Duke Chapel were sprayed with black paint last week. Someone Friday sprayed the phrase, “New Orleans shoot to kill? We live in a police state” on steps leading to the left side of the Chapel. Similar graffiti was found at the bus stop at 312 Anderson St. Cost of damage is estimated at $150.


Arsonist sets fire to door poster

A residence coordinator in House D reported Tuesday that someone set fire to a piece of paper on his office door. The residence coordinator was in his apartment next door and smelled something burning at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday. The burning paper was extinguished.


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