Veracity of alleged assault on 2nd BGSU student being called into question

November 21, 2016

An investigation into an alleged assault on the Bowling Green State University campus last week is calling the reported incident into question.

A release issued on Friday by Vice Provost Thomas Gibson to BGSU students, referencing that incident and another recently reported assault on a BGSU student which ultimately proved false, said investigations “revealed that neither of these incidents occurred as reported.”

The latest incident, reported Tuesday, allegedly occurred around 4 p.m. behind the Student Recreation Center.

In that incident, the reporting student told police that two assailants pushed him to the ground, took his phone and called him a derogatory slur. The student later said his phone was not taken and was found near the scene.

BGSU spokesman Dave Kielmeyer said this morning that the BGSU police investigation showed that the alleged victim was not where he had indicated he was when the alleged incident took place.

Kielmeyer said that police are finalizing their investigation and that they have not come to a decision on potential charges in the matter yet.

These revelations come after Eleesha Long, 24, also a BGSU student, was charged Thursday with falsification and obstructing official business after BG police said she falsely reported she was assaulted and called a racial slur near campus by three males on Nov. 9.

“Filing a false report is a serious offense,” the BGSU release went on to say. “In addition to any charges by police, students may be held accountable under the student code of conduct. Our campuses and their surrounding communities are by-and-large safe places with very low crime rates. I hope the resolution of these alleged incidents helps to begin to restore a sense of security.”

Gibson’s statement Friday continued by saying, “I want to be clear that this does not absolve us from continuing our important dialogue on diversity and inclusion. As President (Mary Ellen) Mazey has indicated, we must be ever vigilant in ensuring that there is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia, intolerance or other bias at” the institution.

“There are members of our community who do not feel safe,” the message said.

“That is unacceptable. If you experience or witness a bias incident you should report it!”