University of Montana President Royce Engstrom called a news conference late this afternoon to address an investigation into two alleged sex assaults on or near campus on Feb. 10, 2012.
Engstrom told reporters the university could have done a better job communicating with the Missoula Police Department. But he went on to say he is satisfied with the way the university has handled its investigation.
Engstrom said the initial report that came in to the university did not include any allegation of a sex assault but rather only a possible alcohol violation.
Engstrom said that changed on Feb. 17 when the alleged sex assaults were reported to campus authorities.
Police in Missoula have been unable to locate a foreign exchange student suspected of drugging and sexually assaulting two female University of Montana students.
The Montana Kaimin reported today that one woman told UM security on Feb. 10 that the suspect forced her to drink alcohol that made her feel ill and that he tried to sexually assault her.
The woman said UM officials set up a Feb. 17 meeting to which she brought another woman who reported being drugged and raped by the same man.
UM officials then notified students and police about the assaults.