St. Louis police are investigating after three women reported they were sexually assaulted by student-athletes in on-campus apartments at Saint Louis University over the weekend.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police said officers were requested to a hospital in the early morning hours of Sept. 24. When they arrived, staff said three women reported they were victims of sexual assault at an incident at an on-campus apartment on the tenth block of North Grand.
Campus police were alerted by of the alleged sexual assaults by a representative of the St. Louis Police Department that same day.
Attorney Scott Rosenblum is representing the accused student-athletes. He said four basketball players were accused, but he does not expect any criminal charges will be filed.
On Thursday, the a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police said the investigation is ongoing, but no charges have been filed.
SLU President’s statement on sexual assault allegations
First, I want to say how deeply troubled I am by these allegations, which involve behavior that runs counter to our mission and values. SLU seeks to foster a safe and supportive atmosphere where students, faculty, clinicians, and staff can flourish in an inclusive environment that is free from harassment and harm. Sexual assault, misconduct and harassment of any kind have no place at our University.
St. Louis police are investigating the reports, and the University is cooperating fully with the police investigation.
The University has also launched its own investigation through its Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The University’s Title IX coordinator will be working with an external investigative team — engaged by the University — which specializes in assisting colleges and universities with reports of sexual assault and misconduct. The Athletics Department is cooperating with all ongoing investigations and fully supports the University’s processes.
SLU officials also sent the university community a link to a list of resources. It includes phone numbers for several crisis hotlines. You can see more information here.
Anyone with information should contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5385, SLU’s Department of Public Safety at 314-977-2376, or the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 314-977-3838.