A female student said she was assaulted last week outside of a University of California at Berkeley dormitory and it's unclear why police took a week to make the report public on Monday.
A Campus Security Authority reported that the assault occurred Oct. 26 on 10:30 p.m. after student got off a bus near Durant Avenue and Dana Street, according to campus police.
A man began following her, grabbing her arm and shirt. He pushed her against the front door, police said, and said sexually explicit things to her, trying to intimidate her into letting him inside the Beverly Cleary residence hall, police said.
No suspect information was provided.
What isn't clear is why the assault took a week to be made public. Police say the story was relayed to them by a “campus security authority,” which would include people like parking enforcement staff, faculty and residential advisers.
At the same time, UC Berkeley was one of four California universities audited by the state in how it handles sexual harassment and violence. The June 2014 summary concluded the schools did not sufficiently train faculty and staff on responding to and reporting these incidents to appropriate officials. Since then, Cal has bolstered student resources including adding 24-7 confidential care advocates.
Cal did not respond immediately for comment on Tuesday morning.