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Police investigate report of sex assault at North Idaho College

Coeur d’Alene police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on the North Idaho College campus.

Officials didn’t say if the alleged victim is a student at the community college, nor did they release any details on a suspect or suspects.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department said officers responded Thursday at about 2 a.m. to the report of a sexual assault at a residence in the 500 block of N. College Dr. That is the location of the student residence hall on campus.

“Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives were called to the scene and are working together with North Idaho College to investigate this incident,” police spokesman Detective Jared Reneau said in a news release Monday. “This is an active investigation and additional information will be released as the investigation progresses. No arrests have been made at this time and there are no immediate concerns for campus safety, as all material parties have been identified and located.”

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact police investigators at (208) 769-2291.

NIC officials did not publicly acknowledge the investigation Monday, saying the college does not comment on active law enforcement investigations.

“According to North Idaho College policy and obligations under Title IX, we investigate all allegations of sexual assault,” NIC Vice President for Communications and Governmental Relations Mark Browning said in a statement released Monday morning.

“North Idaho College is committed to the safety and security of our students. While we can’t comment on law enforcement investigations, it’s important to note the heavy emphasis NIC places on training staff, faculty, and students in violence prevention and awareness,” Browning said in the statement.

NIC said all of its employees receive Title IX training to learn how to respond and report incidents of violence. Employees and students also undergo Green Dot training, a bystander intervention movement aimed at violence prevention.

In the two years since the program was initiated, Green Dot has been incorporated in all college-wide activities, including new student orientation to help initiate students to a culture intolerant of violence, the college said.

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