Winston-Salem State University is investigating reports of sexual assaults against two female students early Monday.
The separate incidents were reported to have happened about 2 a.m. in Atkins Residence Hall, said Jay Davis, the director of media relations for the university. A male student is accused of fondling the women in their rooms.
The women reported the incidents to campus police at 10:24 a.m. and 12:12 p.m. Monday, Davis said. At least one of the victims knew the suspect, saying she was “touched inappropriately in her room by a male student known to her,” Davis said in an email.
Police are investigating the incidents, and no one has been charged.
According to a sign near the entrance of Atkins, students must swipe their ID cards to enter the dorm. Guests must sign in at the desk and turn in the ID card or other official ID at the lobby desk.
Davis said interim measures have been taken to ensure campus safety, though he declined to detail what those were.
On Tuesday afternoon, many students at Atkins, a six-story women’s dormitory housing primarily freshmen, were unaware any crime had been reported the previous day.
Kiara Jones, 18, wondered what happened.
“I’m concerned,” she said. “I’m going to keep my door locked.”
Keiyara Leak, 18, was shocked to hear of it.
“It’s kind of crazy,” she said. “I never thought this would happen.”
Leak said the university and Atkins Hall officials hadn’t notified the women living in the dorm.
She and her suitemates usually check in with each other when they leave their rooms, texting each other, but now will be more diligent about it.
Mya Moore, 18, reserved judgment on the situation. She said it could be a “he said, she said” situation. If proven true, however, she thinks the male student should be expelled, she said.
Junior Rashin Richardson, 20, who doesn’t live in the dorm but is there periodically to visit resident advisers, said he saw campus police, school officials and advisers at the dorm Monday night.
“There was a large commotion,” Richardson said, adding it was about 9 or 10 p.m.
The incidents have been reported to WSSU’s Title IX Office for investigation, according to school officials.
Davis said Winston-Salem State sends campus notifications only when there is a continuing threat to campus safety. Because a suspect has been identified, there is no continuing threat.