Cal Poly State University investigates rape reports

Cal Poly officials have opened their own investigations into the three rapes reported within nine days — and could take disciplinary action even if police do not have enough evidence to pursue a criminal case.

The university’s response is separate from the ongoing police investigation into the three alleged incidents, two reportedly in a campus dormitory and the other at an off-campus fraternity house.

University officials created a task force to discuss current programs and recommend ways to promote a campus culture that doesn’t tolerate sexual assault and minimizes alcohol and drug use.

In the meantime, a link to an online petition posted at, which originated in part from the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, has started circulating via email among faculty, staff and students, with more than 400 supporters as of Tuesday afternoon.

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