The student who was “removed from campus” last week during a sexual assault investigation has since left Galesburg and returned home, but not before being served with a search warrant for a DNA sample, according to Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf.
The incident was reported in the early morning hours of Jan. 27 by a Hamblin Hall resident after a male subject known to the female victim as a Knox student gained entry to the apartment through unlocked apartment and room doors.
The subject, who was banned from campus on Jan. 29, submitted DNA samples after Galesburg police investigators obtained a warrant, Schlaf said. The samples will be sent to the Illinois crime lab, where tests could take a minimum of six to eight weeks to process.
“Depending on the results of those examinations, we anticipate a decision regarding a potential arrest could be made at that time,” Schlaf said.
Since charges have not yet been filed against the subject of the investigation, there is no legal mechanism by which police would restrict his movements. So for the time being, he has returned home and is only restricted by the college from being on campus.
Schlaf stressed the personal safety aspect of the incident, calling for campus to “remain sensitive to general personal safety awareness issues and … locking doors within dorms, for example. I would underscore that personal safety effort. My belief is that it strictly applies in this particular case.”
Schlaf also noted that the banned student had access to Hamblin Hall as a resident, and there was no prior relationship between him and the victim.