University Police receive report of rape/sexual assault

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A rape/sexual assault was reported via a third party to Penn State University Police at 5:29 p.m. today (Aug. 12). The reported assault occurred during an unknown time between Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, in a University residence hall within Pollock Halls.    

The suspect is reported to be a student, but his identity is unknown at this time.   

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.  

In an effort to reduce your risk of becoming a victim, please keep these tips in mind:

-- When you go out, go in a group, check in with each other throughout the night and leave together. Don’t let yourself become isolated with someone you don’t know or trust.
-- Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help.
-- Do not accept rides or walking accompaniment from people you don’t know well and trust. Take money for a taxi with you or use the Safe Walk Service 865-WALK (9255).

If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact Penn State University Police at 814-863-1111; 26 Eisenhower Parking Deck, University Park, PA 16802; or anonymously at www.police.psu.edu and by clicking on “Report A Crime."

Last Updated August 12, 2014