A 25-year-old male student was alleged to have sexually assaulted an 18-year-old female student in a UOG dorm room on Jan. 1, 2017, following a New Year’s Eve party held at the Residence Halls.
According to the Jonas Macapinlac, the UOG Director of Integrated Marketing, the alleged rapist reportedly sexually assaulted the victim in the male student’s dorm room.
The victim was reportedly inebriated at the time of the alleged incident.
Following the report, the male student was booked and confined by the Guam Police Department.
The Pacific Daily News reported that on Jan. 13, a grand jury on Guam decided that the evidence was insufficient to indict the student for the charges.
Because the female student had moved and is no longer attending UOG, the University has allowed the male student to enroll for the Spring 2017 semester.
In order to dispel any misconceptions about the consequences of such an action, UOG Chief Planning Officer David Okada said the University has certain administrative actions that can be applied to a violator of campus policies.
As the only certified Title IX investigator available, Okada was in charge of the University’s internal investigation.
“There’s a thick line between what the police department will do and what the university does in a case like this,” Okada said.
In accordance with the University’s zero tolerance sexual misconduct policy, the male student was suspended from intersession classes, all campus activities, and was removed from the Residence Halls pending the results of a full administrative investigation conducted by the university.
The University has also offered counseling and support services to the victim and continues to be in contact with her.