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A criminal sexual assault was reported Thursday between 1:45 and 2:30 a.m. in Munroe Hall. Students were notified via public safety alert, but this sexual assault will be investigated by the Chicago Police Department, the university announced.

Most sexual assaults that occur on DePaul’s campuses are not investigated by CPD, this marks one of the instances when the investigative process is turned over to city police.

In a statement about the assault, CPD said an 18-year-old female reported that a known male, also 18-years-old, sexually assaulted her after a party. She self transported to Illinois Masonic and is in good condition. No one is currently in custody and Area Central police are currently investigating.

It is unclear at this time whether or not the survivor and accused are DePaul students or if the party took place in Munroe. The university, in its response said that “because this is an open investigation we have no additional information.” Students are also urged to report and seek resources the university offers.

This sexual assault, is the second reported for the 2016-17 school year. Last school year, 14 sexual assaults were reported on the Lincoln Park campus, according to the 2016 safety and security information report and fire safety report. Of the 14, four sexual assaults were investigated by CPD.

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