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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State University issued a news release on Friday that said a female student reported that she was recently sexually assaulted.

According to the news release, the reported sexual assault occurred late Sunday, Dec. 4., inside of a dorm room.

So far, no arrest have been made.

"It can be assumed that conditions may exist that pose a continuing threat to the community," the release said.

FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush spoke with K-State students Saturday night who said they received an email from the university to warn them about the sexual assault and to let them know they are investigating.

"I would rather know then not know," one student said. "So I'm glad that they sent it out."

"It's kind of scary that it's happening in our own back door, and it's something that you don't want to happen to other people or have other people experience," another student said. "But hopefully people keep learning about and know that it's a serious issue that's happened everywhere all the time."

K-State has faced criticism about its handling of sexual assaults in the past.

The university is fighting two federal lawsuits that argue the university violated Title 9 after it allegedly didn't investigate two off-campus sexual assault complaints.

The university argued in court that the lawsuits should be dismissed because it is not responsible for reports of rape at off-campus locations -- like the two that happened at off campus frat houses.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education say that's not true though -- and that the university still must investigate the incidents.


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