NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion University has increased police and security patrols near residence halls, after a student was sexually assaulted over the weekend.
In an alert sent to students Tuesday, ODU said the assault happened early Saturday morning at a dorm on the Norfolk campus.
ODU police are now looking for three suspects, who were invited into the dorm by an acquaintance of a resident.
“The investigation has determined there is a reasonable belief these individuals may pose an ongoing threat to the campus community,” read part of the ODU alert.
Authorities say the victim did not know the men, and reported the assault to police on Monday.
If you know anything about this crime, call 757-683-4000.
The full text of the ODU alert sent to students is as follows:
The Old Dominion University Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that was reported on Nov. 10, 2014, and which occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 8.
While the University Police investigation is in a preliminary stage, it appears the suspects were invited to a social gathering in a University residence hall by an acquaintance of a resident. The investigation has determined there is a reasonable belief these individuals may pose an ongoing threat to the campus community. The suspects are not known to the victim.
- Suspect 1: Black male with long dread locks; last seen wearing a white sweat shirt and dark pants
- Suspect 2: Black male with short corn rows; last seen wearing camouflage pants
- Suspect 3: Black male with very short hair; last seen wearing black/blue shirt, dark pants and shoes
As a result of this incident, University police and security patrols have been increased in areas near residence halls. All members of the University community are reminded to limit guests in residence halls to individuals that are personal acquaintances and to follow guest registration policies that are designed for the safety of the resident hall community.
University Police also suggest members of the campus community follow these additional safety tips:
- Contact police regarding suspicious persons
- Trust your instincts
- If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help
- Never feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to
- “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason