May 29, 2013
MSU Billings has been notified by the Billings Police Department that there is an ongoing investigation regarding reported sexual assaults in the Billings community. The victims of the reported assaults are college-aged women.
Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education states the University has an obligation to promptly respond to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence in a way that limits the effects and prevents recurrence. As such, the safety of all MSU Billings students has/and will continue to be our top priority.
MSU Billings is formerly issuing an ADVISORY for all students regarding the reported sexual assault incidents. At present, the Billings Police Department is working to resolve the reported incidents and have disclosed that the reported suspect is a white male standing roughly 5’5”. The suspect has light colored hair, a thin build, and is approximately 25-35 years in age.
If you have pertinent information regarding this suspect contact University Police at 657-2147.
MSU Billings would like to remind students to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Below is a brief list of things you can do to stay safe.
- Don’t leave windows and doors in your home or vehicle unlocked.
- Don’t disclose personal information to individuals you are not familiar with. This includes social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
- Have a safety buddy, someone you can call for a ride or for help, and create a code word or phrase that means “Come help me out of this” or “I’m in trouble.”
- Before going out tell a friend where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Let them know if your plans change.
- Never leave your drink alone or with someone you don’t know. Date rape drugs are easy to use. And men are just as vulnerable as women.
- Don’t take drinks or anything else from strangers, even food.
- Don’t offer rides to people you don’t know.
- Above all trust your instincts!
For students involved in sexual violence MSU Billings provides services including but not limited to:
- Student Health – including access to medical staff, counselors, and wellness
- Advocacy – professional outreach from Housing and Student Affairs staff
- University Police
- Title IX Coordinator
Thank you for your time and consideration as the Billings Police Department moves forward with this ongoing investigation. If you have further questions regarding this notice contact University Police or University Relations at 657-2147 or 657-2243 respectively. Please watch for further information at www.msubillings.edu/advisory.
Aaron Clingingsmith, University Relations
University Campus/City College Campus