From the Mankato Freepress:
Police are investigating three acquaintance rapes that have taken place at Minnesota State University dormitories this month.
No one at the Mankato Department of Public Safety could be reached Thursday to comment about the incidents, which were reported to campus security on Feb. 1, Feb. 6 and Tuesday morning. Some information about the incidents was available through crime alerts on the MSU Security Web site. [...]
Cooper said the university doesn’t believe the acquaintance rapes are related to two groping incidents, one on campus and one near campus and involving a student, that also were reported this month. That suspect has not been identified, so the university is required to post information about them because there is an ongoing threat.
3 reports so close together are unusual, but 3 rapes on the same college campus this close together may not be unusual at all. As colleges improve their responses to all those who report rape, including those who know their rapists, I believe that the number of reported rapes will rise. And this is good news even if it is shocking to many people.
The story reports that there have been no arrests in these 3 rape reports and that is normal. If any of these cases involved forensic exams, the police may not even consider filing charges until the forensic evidence is processed.
However, the university should not wait until the criminal investigation is complete to begin their internal process related to reports of on-campus rape. Universities can take strong actions without violating anyone's due process rights. This should include action on the individual reports and action related to education about what is and is not genuine consent. It may also require education about anti-harassment policies which must be combined with effective enforcement of anti-harassment policies.
Unfortunately, many people have been taught to view details such as being alone in someone's room, or flirting, as legal consent when they are no such thing. This can lead to rape and it can lead to real rape victims being treated as if they have filed a fraudulent report.