Northern Oklahoma College student reports rape: Suspect arrested amid campus security scrutiny

Northern Oklahoma College student reports rape; Authorities arrest suspect amidst campus security scrutiny

As per a legal document, a distressed woman studying at Northern Oklahoma College called the Tonkawa police on Sunday, October 22, at 7:19 p.m. to report a case of rape.

According to the authorities, the victim reported that she had been sexually assaulted in her dorm room earlier that day.

According to the police report, the woman had invited Jamison Sylestine over to her place to watch a movie. She stated that they had been connected on Facebook for a few years and had sporadically communicated with each other.

Upon visiting the hospital for examination, the woman’s body was found to have lacerations and bruises by the attending nurses.

The apprehension occurred merely a month after the Kay County News Cow released a report on the U.S. Department of Education’s inspection of Northern Oklahoma College’s adherence to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

As per the news outlet, the Department has concluded that NOC did not fulfill all the criteria outlined by the USDE.

Jeanne Clery’s tragic death in 1986 on Lehigh University’s campus led to the creation of the Clery Act. This legislation mandates colleges and universities to report crime statistics that occur on or near their campuses. The act serves as a reminder of the importance of campus safety and the need to maintain a secure environment for students and faculty.

As per the Kay County News Cow, it has been reported that NOC has fallen short of including a few policies in its annual security and fire report. Moreover, the report was not accurately published or disseminated, as stated by the US Department of Education. Furthermore, the department has alleged that NOC failed to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act along with the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program in a proper manner.

According to the website, in 2017 and 2018, NOC underwent a review and was found to have not fully complied with the Clery Act, resulting in a fine of almost $500,000 by the Department. However, the fine was later reduced to less than $300,000 in 2023 through negotiations.

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