UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Utica College is investigating allegations that a female student was sexually assaulted in the Clark Athletic Facility on Tuesday.
The school has a description of two suspects and says they are still a risk to the campus and community.
The safety alert says two men followed the student into the women's locker room between 9:30 and 10:30 Tuesday night.
"The incident did occur in the gymnasium area, some type of sexual assault. To the degree, I can't really speak to," said Sgt. Steve Hauck, Utica Police Department.
The incident was reported Thursday night by a third party, which police said is common in cases of sexual assault. The victim has still not come forward.
"I think to not immediately come forward to police or the school is not unusual. I think that you want to get away from that trauma as quickly as you can and sometimes that means disappearing a little bit so to speak," said Sgt. Hauck.
So now, the campus is trying to get the word out to students. One of the men is described as black, the other as white or hispanic. Both are between 5'6" and 6 feet tall. The victim didn't know either of them and it's unknown if they are Utica College students.
"When no one's in custody, it's always a risk and I'm sure that's something that concerns the school, it concerns the police department. So we'll work together to take measures to beef up security at least temporarily until we can figure out what happened," said Sgt. Hauck.
Utica College is ramping up their efforts. They sent a statement to NEWSChannel 2 saying, "We have increased the number of officers that are patrolling Campus. We have an officer at the entrance to the athletic center and two roving officers patrolling throughout the building. We will also escort anyone around Campus at any time. All anyone needs to do is call 315-792-3046 and ask for an escort."
It's the heightened security that alerted a student and his friend who was disturbed to hear what happened on a campus they normally consider safe.
"She seemed shaken up, she had called her mom, I think she called her parents or something like that. So I mean, I hope people will take more precautions," said Luca Sorisi, a student at Utica College.
Precautions like being aware of your surroundings, and never walking alone.
"There's strength in numbers. So if you're walking by yourself and you're at the wrong place at the wrong time you could be vulnerable to someone who wants to do you harm," said Sgt. Hauck.
Police hope the victim comes forward soon so they can launch a full investigation.
If you have any information, call the TipLine at (315) 505-3046 or you can send an email to email@example.com.
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