July 31, 2013
MSU Billings would like to take a moment to provide you an update regarding the ADVISORY from May 29, 2013.
Since our last ADVISORY there has been another reported sexual assault incident in the Billings community on July 2, 2013. The nature of this incident is similar to those that prompted the initial ADVISORY. At present, Billings Police are still working on those sexual assault cases as well as the most recent incident. Billings PD Chief, Rich St. John, held a formal press conference on Friday, July 5, 2013 for the community at large. The press conference can be viewed online via the Billings Gazette or at www.msubillings.edu/advisory.
In an effort to keep all students apprised of the situation MSU Billings is formally issuing an ADVISORY UPDATE for all students regarding the reported sexual assault incidents. Again, 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
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, remember that the assault was not your fault! At MSU Billings we are dedicated to providing survivors resources to help them with their recovery process. Services include but are not limited to:
- Student Health – including access to medical staff, counselors, and wellness. Student Health Services can be reached at 406-657-2153
- Advocacy – professional outreach from Housing and Student Affairs staff that will support you in all the choices you make. To speak with a confidential advocate call 406-657-2588
- University Police—an officer can be reached at 406-657-2147
- Title IX Coordinator—trained staff members that can help survivors with accessing needed support services and guide them in pursuing options for recourse. To talk to a Title IX Coordinator call 406-657-2221
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.
- University Police
- University Relations
- MSUB Student Affairs
- MSUB Student Health Svcs
- Formal Advisory Notification 5/29/13
- MSUB Advisory to Students 5/29/13
- July 5, 2013 Press conference: St. John addresses rash of sexual assaults
- MSUB Advisory Update 7/18/13
- Women's Safety Event took place for July 18, 2013