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Dakota Wesleyan students and staff react to arrest of former basketball player

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Students on the Dakota Wesleyan campus are reacting to the news of their classmate's arrest.

Mitchell police arrested former basketball player Kris Wilson on rape charges.

Dakota Wesleyan is a very close-knit campus. Ask almost any of the students if they heard about the alleged rape and the arrest of senior Kris Wilson and they will tell you "yes."

On a small quiet campus like Dakota Wesleyan, students like senior Stephanie Wescoup said these kinds of things normally don't happen.

"It's a small college, so everyone knows everyone. If you do something, you know someone else knows about it. Everyone knows each other. We all know what's going on," Wescoup said.

And university spokeswoman Lori Essig believes overall DWU is a safe place.

"We don't feel like we have a dangerous situation on our hands on campus. I think this was an isolated incident. Our staff acted exactly as they should to protect the victim and work with law enforcement," Essig said.

Police arrested former DWU basketball player Kris Wilson, 23, for allegedly having non-consensual sex with a female student while she was intoxicated.

"We do consider that enough evidence to require that the student move off campus, if they are on campus. In this case, he was living on campus so he will be removed from campus right away," Essig said.

Wescoup is aware the university has a counseling team in place so students have people to turn to in a time of need.

"I know that there are services here. you could go to the nurse, first of all, if you feel comfortable with that. and there are counseling services, or a pastor if you want to talk to someone about it," Wescoup said.

These situations can happen anywhere, but Wescoup doesn't expect them to happen at Dakota Wesleyan.

"It's not uncommon for that to happen on a college campus per se, especially when alcohol is involved but the fact that Dakota Wesleyan is a faith-based college makes me think it's more of a rarity here, like this is probably an isolated incident," Wescoup said.

We spoke with one student who knows Wilson very well and didn't want to go on camera.

He said he invited him into his family since Wilson is from out of state and didn't have any family of his own here.    

He was surprised to hear the news, but also recognized how two lives have been affected.

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