An alleged on-campus rape in one of the Colonnades residence halls was recently reported to Campus Safety and Police.

The alleged rape took place between 10 p.m. Sept. 4 and 3 a.m. Sept. 5, according to the incident report.

The suspect is an acquaintance of the victim and not an Elon student or from the Elon community, said Chuck Gantos, director of Campus Safety and Police.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the case, according to the incident report. The victim was treated at the hospital and sustained minor injuries.

This is the first alleged on-campus rape reported to Campus Safety and Police this academic year. Two were reported last year, the first of which resulted in the arrest of a student. The second case was dismissed.

While every situation is different, Gantos said, there are some parallels.

"Every case is unique," he said. "But they do have some similarities. Generally they involved alcohol by one or all of the parties and the victim usually knows the suspect."

According to North Carolina statutory law and Elon University's Honor Code, an individual cannot give legal consent for sexual activity after consuming alcohol.

Students who feel they have been the victims of sexual assault can report the incident to the Counseling Services, the office of Student Conduct, Campus Safety and Police and the Town of Elon Police Department. Students who report their assault can choose to have their case prosecuted in the criminal courts or the Office of Student Conduct or both.

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