Davis stands in suppport of sexual assault victims

Three acts of sexual misconduct have been reported to campus police at the University of Central Arkansas since the 2017-18 academic year began.

 

“As we began this new academic year, our campus has experienced several unsettling events involving sexual misconduct,” President Houston Davis said. “Sexual misconduct is and will be treated with the greatest seriousness on our campus. When these acts are committed, we want to make sure that the members of our campus community know we will support survivors or bystanders to such events. Criminal and/or severe disciplinary action will be taken.”

The UCA Police Department received a complaint Sept. 8 that a female student was raped by an acquaintance after he walked her do her dorm following an on-campus fraternity party.

Michael Zeher, 18, was charged with rape, a Class Y felony, following the incident and has since pleaded not guilty.

Since then, UCAPD has received two other sexual misconduct related reports.

UCAPD Public Information Officer Michael Hopper said no arrests have been made at this time regarding a sexual assualt report. He said campus police are investigating the incident and that more details will be released as they become available.

Student Joseph Denomie was arrested Sept. 23 on suspicion of video voyeurism following “a situation that had occurred off campus,” according to a police report.

Denomie has since been banned from campus. Formal charges have not yet been filed as UCAPD continues to investigate the incident.

Davis said he encourages anyone who falls victim or witnesses a sex crime to report the incident to UCAPD.

“When people experience or see inappropriate behavior, coming forward is not easy; however, it is absolutely essential, and I proudly stand with them,” he said. “I am encouraged by their display of trust and commitment to safety and respect in our community. We are all responsible for the safety and well-being of our campus community. We need to both respect and protect one another. We must continue to encourage a campus environment that empowers survivors and bystanders to come forward during these times and provide resources to support them.”

 

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