Police receive report of sexual assault

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 the University Police are giving notice of a disturbing act of violence reported to have occurred in an unknown fraternity off campus near the Penn State University main campus.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Police on Jan. 18 received a report of rape/sexual assault, constituting a forcible sexual offense, which was reported to have occurred on the sidewalk along West College Avenue, south of Hammond Building between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Information pertaining to the possible suspect is unknown at this time. It was reported the victim, a student, was sexually assaulted by a male believed to be known by the victim.

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the University community. It is the duty of the institution to warn of possible “dangerous conditions” on or near the campus, and at affiliate organizations off campus; an “affirmative duty” exists to warn persons associated with this University of possible peril at the hands of some third party or parties.

Police remind those in the University community to:

-- Not walk alone. Call 814-865-WALK for a free security escort.
-- Report suspicious behavior to University Police immediately.
-- If you feel you are in an unsafe environment, get to a safe place immediately and call for help.

Anyone with information that might be helpful in this investigation should contact Penn State University Police at 814-863-1111; 26 Eisenhower Parking Deck, University Park; or anonymously at http://www.police.psu.edu by clicking on “Silent Witness.”

Submit tips to Centre County Crimestoppers via email at tip@centrecountycrimestoppers.org. Those providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of as much as $1,000 from Centre County CrimeStoppers.

Last Updated January 18, 2014