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

March 14, 2017 Updated: March 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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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) 

Update March 23: The UCCS Police Department investigated the assault report and after interviewing witnesses and other evidence, the department determined that the assault did not occur as reported by the student. The department found that the incident did not happen on campus or involve an unknown person to that student, according to the department. 

"There is no threat to the campus community as it relates to this incident," reads a UCCS police statement sent out to the campus community. 

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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 being 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.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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