On Saturday, University of Texas police responded to a report of a sexual assault that happened on campus around 4:20 a.m. at the Jester East Residence Hall.
Police said the assault took place around 1 a.m. and involved an acquaintance.
UT freshmen Omar Dadabhoi said he woke up to an email alert sent out by UT police about the incident. "I was kind of shocked that something like that would happen on campus especially so early in the school year. We are only two weeks in. I'm shocked," said Dadabhoi.
Early on in the semester, UT implemented sexual assault trainings in student orientation in order to make them aware of the dangers they face throughout college. "After I went through the course how saw how many women actually are affected by it throughout their college life. Almost a majority of women do get affected by sexual assault in one way or another," said Dadabhoi.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, nearly one in four women are raped or sexually assaulted during their undergraduate years. University officials stress the importance of communicating boundaries with partners and to only engage when affirmative consent is given.
"You can say 'Ok let's stop I'm uncomfortable,' but I think communication is key. I think the other person should know body," said Cam La. Along with the sexual assault report, UT police responded to reports of a transient following two students to their dorm last week.