A student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill on October 22 reported an incident of sexual assault that allegedly occurred in a dormitory on campus.
The student told campus police the incident happened between 5 and 5:30 p.m. that Saturday, when an ‘unknown’ followed the student into the Carmichael residence and then into the bedroom. of the student, where the assault took place, according to UNC. Chapel Hill.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, in his late 20s or early 30s, with short brown hair and short facial hair, the university said in a statement. message posted Saturday on Facebook.
Campus police are investigating the incident, which happened just after students returned to campus after fall vacation.
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The suspect has not yet been identified and officials cannot share any further information about him as their investigation is ongoing, UNC-Chapel Hill spokeswoman Erin Spandorf told Fox News. Digital in an emailed statement.
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UNC – Chapel Hill states on its website that students should not “let strangers into residence halls behind you when entering through exterior doors.”
The school has a text service available to all students, faculty and staff to voice safety concerns and issues. Chapel Hill also uses an alert system called Alert Carolina, which issues alerts when events occur on campus.
“UNC Campus Police issued an Alert Carolina Crime Alert to notify the campus of the assault, based on the Alert Carolina Engagement Guidelines posted on the UNC Police website. Carmichael Residence students have received additional communications from Campus Housing…” Spandorf said.
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Additionally, members of the Chapel Hill community are encouraged to report sexual violence to the school’s Gender-Based Violence Services (GVSC) Coordinators and to communicate with the Sexual Misconduct Reporting and Response Coordinators. with UNC’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.
Chapel Hill “encourages everyone in our community to look out for each other,” respect each other’s boundaries and be vigilant, according to the school’s Facebook post on Saturday.