Kansas State University Police warn of sexual assault on campus

Kansas State University Police are warning the entire campus of a recent sexual assault. It happened last Thursday to a woman right on campus.

Nicolette Schleisman tells us who police are looking for.

“It is kind of scary to hear that,” said Laura Vallo, a Kansas State University junior.

Last Friday morning, students and staff at Kansas State University woke up to a warning of an act of violence that happened where they feel safe.

“These are very rare on campus, we rarely see events like this on campus,” said Captain Donald Stubbings, with Kansas State University Police.

A woman, sexually assaulted on campus, near the natatorium.

“Being a swimmer, I’ve been in the ‘Nat’ a lot and the locker rooms are really open and unsafe, I don’t know if I was really necessarily surprised that that was the location it could happen, but at the same time, it was pretty shocking,” said Vallo.

Police say they are looking for a white male, about 20 years old and approximately 6 feet tall. He was seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a reflective vest at the time of the assault.

Campus police say to be aware of your surroundings and to use services, like Wildcat Walk, where someone will walk up to two blocks off campus with you, so you do not have to travel home alone.

“Use the buddy system, talk to somebody about where you’re going to be and when you plan on returning,” said Stubbings.

Police say in response to the assault, they have increased patrol on campus around the Natatorium.

“If I feel uncomfortable, which is actually a lot of the time, my street’s not really very well lit, and so I’ll stay really late in the studio, and if i’m there at like 3 a.m., sometimes I’ll stick it out until the morning when it’s brighter,” said Vallo.

Students say even though there was an assault on campus, the steps the university takes allows them to feel safe on campus.

The K-State police ask anyone with information to contact the University Police Department.

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