UCCS student reports on-campus assault, campus police issue alert

By: Ellie Mulder

March 14, 2017 Updated: Today at 6:11 am

photo - FILE - Students walk on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during their first week of the fall semester. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
FILE – Students walk on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during their first week of the fall semester. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

A University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student reported an on-campus assault, according to an alert sent out by campus police Tuesday night.

A student reported being grabbed from behind by an unknown male shortly before 9 p.m. Monday while walking behind the Roaring Fork Dining Hall, police said. The building is located on the north end of campus in Alpine Village, according to the university’s website.

The student told police “the incident ended quickly,” and the suspect, who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, ran into the field behind the building.

The student wasn’t seriously injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the UCCS Police Department at 255-3111 or in person or in person at the Department of Public Safety inside Gateway Hall.

The Police Department, which is “actively investigating” the incident, “urges everyone to use caution when encountering individuals who are not personally known to them and to remain aware of their surroundings at all times,” according to the alert.

The Police Department provides escorts to parking lots and nearby side streets upon request, and blue light emergency telephones are in place in parking lots and throughout campus.

The “notice of potential assault” was issued in compliance with the Federal Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, police said.

Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

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