WCU Assault And Safety
Campus police at Western Carolina University are warning students to be alert after a student was assaulted over the weekend.
Police say the victim was walking to her residence hall home about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when a man grabbed her. When she turned around, police say he ran away.
"That surprises me. I just feel really safe here and it's weird to think that it can still happen," says Freshman Mia Morcom.
The incident is now under investigation. No arrests have been made. Police say there doesn't appear to be an ongoing threat. But, they say, students can take certain precautions to stay safe.
"Walk with a friend. Or walk with a group or, you know, if you feel uncomfortable call us and we'll come," advises WCU Police Chief Ernie Hudson.
Hudson also says students should avoid places that are not well-lit and keep the school's emergency number in their cell phones.
By Rex Hodge
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