CWU News

Student Recants Report of Being Attacked on Campus

A CWU student who reported being attacked on campus earlier this week has recanted the story. CWU police have closed the case and will forward it to the Kittitas County Prosecutor for review.

The student will be referred to the CWU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides an array of resources, education, and crisis management services. Under the Student Conduct Code, the university works with any student alleged of providing false information to determine why, and help connect the student with needed resources.

The initial report triggered an emergency alert to CWU students, parents, and others just after 4 a.m. Monday. The federal Clery Act requires colleges and universities to give timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. The university must take all reports seriously and receives very few false reports, which violate university policy and state law.

“We treat every emergency with the greatest possible urgency and professionalism,” said CWU Police Chief Mike Luvera, adding that the safety of students is the school’s highest priority. “Due to the tremendous collaboration of CWU police, student life and other staff, as well as progressive prevention programs, our campus community continues to enjoy an environment of safety and security.”

Media contact: Linda Schactler, CWU Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,

April 16, 2015