A 19-year-old University at Buffalo student who reported she was attacked on the university's North Campus early Monday has told investigators the incident never happened, the university announced Thursday.
The woman initially told police the attack involving two male assailants happened at about 2:30 a.m. in the area of Core Road near the Ellicott Complex's Millard Fillmore Academic Center. At first, police said they were investigating the report of a sexual assault. They later said it was the report of "an attempted assault, possibly an attempted sexual abuse."
Police investigated her claim and were "unable to find evidence" to support it. The woman then admitted to making the false claim, according to police.
“This incident created an atmosphere of concern on campus, and we think it is important for everybody at UB to know that we have determined that the alleged crime never took place,” University Police Chief Gerald Schoenle said in a written statement.
The university said in a statement the case is being reviewed by the Erie County District Attorney's Office and will be referred to the university's Office of Judicial Affairs and Student Advocacy, which the school says reviews "potential violations of university regulations."
"The University at Buffalo takes the issue of sexual assault on campus very seriously and all sexual misconduct complaints are thoroughly investigated. UB has sexual misconduct prevention and response programs, policies and practices in place to protect and support survivors of sexual misconduct and to educate our students. UB is committed to ensuring that victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking can obtain assistance," the university said in a written statement.
Last May, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights launched an investigation in the university's handling of a sexual assault allegation. That case remained under investigation as of Wednesday, according to the department.