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A-State investigating reported sexual assault on campus

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Arkansas State University Police sent a campus-wide alert of a possible sexual assault that occurred on campus.

According to the alert, a student says she was sexually assaulted by an unknown male, Saturday morning between 2:10 a.m. and 10 a.m. in a Northpark Quad residence.

No other details are being released at this time but students say after seeing that alert, they are a bit concerned but still feel confident that their campus is safe.

"It worries me but I know Arkansas State has taken all the proper protocol because on campus there are emergency stations posted every so often on campus in case something did happen so you can push the emergency button," said Jack Baran, a junior at Arkansas State University. 

Captain Jarrod Long with the University Police Department said they are taking several steps to educate students on being safe around campus.

“We do take them all seriously of course,” Long said. “We also do a lot of training to the public about sexual assault awareness. We host self-defense courses as well. We actually have one coming up this very week.”

Region 8 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes known. 

Arkansas State University Police also recommended the following below in the alert:

The University Police Department encourages everyone to follow the tips below to help prevent becoming a victim of violent acts. These tips are general in nature and have no relation to this incident.

Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you especially if you are alone or it is dark. Know where help may be if you should need it. If you are in danger, scream and run or yell “fire”.

Whenever possible, travel with a friend. Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible. Have your car keys in your hand as you approach your car for faster access, always lock your doors after you enter or leave your vehicle.

Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace on the side of the street facing traffic. A rapist looks for someone who appears vulnerable. Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation.

Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys where rapists can hide. Have a companion or a safe means of getting home, i.e., a trusted friend or taxi. The University Police Department is available to provide safety escorts on campus 24 hours a day. Call 870-972-2093.

Sexual offenses are treated with the greatest seriousness on our campus; criminal and/or severe disciplinary action can be taken. If a criminal case is brought, we will support you as much as possible as you pursue it. In the case of disciplinary action, it is our university's commitment that a victim shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

Campus constituents are encouraged to remain alert to their surroundings and property at all times. Report any information concerning this incident to ASU Police immediately. You can contact the ASU Police at 870-972-2093.

This notice complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f))

This notice is to remain posted until 09/16/2016

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