Dept. of Education investigates lack of crime alerts for ODU student attack

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side learned the U.S. Department of Education is investigating how Old Dominion University handled reporting the off-campus attack of a student earlier this month.

The 21-year-old student said on April 9 three men forced their way into his apartment at The District, which is close to ODU on W. 39th Street. 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings talked to the victim at his parents’s home in Northern Virginia as he recovered.

After the crime, there was no alert sent out by the apartment management, ODU officials or even police. When 10 On Your Side inquired, police said they were looking for three men. Then a representative from the company that owns The District sent out a crime prevention tip sheet a week later, but it didn’t say anything about the attack.

The Department of Education is the government agency responsible for making sure colleges and universities comply with the Clery Act. The legislation mandates colleges send timely alerts when certain crimes happen on or around school campuses.

You can count on 10 On Your Side to keep you up to date on any developments in this story.

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