BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) - UPDATE: After an investigation, police determined this reported assault to be made up. Read the latest here.
A reported assault involving a racial slur just off campus at Bowling Green State University has opened an investigation.
Bowling Green police say the reported assault of a 24-year-old woman happened at the corner of Crim and Wooster earlier this week. Police can't say whether the assault was verbal, physical, or both. There's also no word on any potential suspects.
In a Facebook post to students, the Vice President for Student Affairs, Thomas J. Gibson, wrote that the University learned through
social media that a student said she was assaulted by three young males and called a racial slur.
It went on to say "I want to assure you that we take these reports seriously. We are committed to investigating and responding to reports of concern."
The statement said the university takes reports like this very seriously and is committed to the safety of students.
"BGSU is committed to ensuring that we have a welcoming and safe climate for all members of our community. We believe in the value of respecting one another, promoting diversity and being inclusive in making Bowling Green State University a place we can all be proud of and where our community members can thrive...
We are committed to investigating and responding to reports of concern. The Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students, and Office of Multicultural Affairs offer support and assistance for students who experience or witness incidents of bias."
The university also encourages its students to use the resources available to report incidents like this. However, some students feel the university should do more.
BGSU sophomore, Mimi Shank said, "When you're walking to campus, there's signs that say 'Not in our town.' 'Not on our campus.' And it happens on our campus or on our way to campus, it's like 'C'mon guys.'"
"I definitely don't agree with that and I definitely think it signals some things that might be coming in the future that's not particularly favorable for people that are of color," said student Lauren Rosier.
In response to student concerns, student leaders have organized a town hall meeting named 'Impact of the Election and Respect
within Our Community' to be held Monday, November 14 at 6 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall.
"I feel like it's a good thing to have open dialogue about ti because I feel like that's where things go wrong," Shank said. "People not openly talking about it."
If you have any information about the incident, call Bowling Green police at 419-352-2571.