Assault on a Female

Assault on a Female:

A female student reported to University Police on Sunday night, February 22, 2015 that she was physically assaulted on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at approximately 6:00 pm in the west tunnel under Rivers Street.  The victim reported that she was grabbed on the arm, spun around and pinned against the wall by an unknown white male, causing her to drop her grocery bag.  The victim told police that she recognized the white male from a previous off campus party she had attended, but did not know his name.  She described the white male as being approximately 5'10" tall, brown hair, brown eyes, clean shaven, wearing a black North Face jacket, blue jeans and L. L. Bean boots. There were no physical injuries reported as result of this incident.

University Police are investigating the incident.  The University is providing resources and advocacy to assist the student who reported this incident and University Police will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any other crime is encouraged to call the University Police Department at 262-2150. You may also report crimes anonymously at http://www.police.appstate.edu/crime-tip-submission-form .

You can also contact Crimestoppers at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). If your information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward up to $1000.00.

While it is not the sole responsibility of a victim to prevent his/her assault, it is important for each of us to be aware of situations that increase risk.  University Police offer the following safety suggestions:

  • Always try and walk with a friend, especially during the hours of darkness.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Whenever possible avoid walking in isolated or poorly lighted areas.
  • Call for help if at any time you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others.
  • Assign the University Police emergency number 828-262-8000 to a speed dial or quick call feature      in your mobile phone.
  • Report suspicious individuals to the police.

For information and resources regarding student health and safety, visit www.appcares.appstate.edu 

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f), Appalachian State University issues timely notices to notify the campus community of incidents or alleged crimes that have occurred on Appalachian State University’s campus related to the safety and health of our campus community members. These Safety Alerts provide suggestions that will allow you to make educated decisions about your own personal safety and how to access resources both on and off campus.  The university may distribute timely notices using a variety of means, including emails, text messages, flyers, and website announcements posted on the AppCares website www.appcares.appstate.edu and the University Police website www.police.appstate.edu


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