A Fairfield student reported that she was sexually assaulted on Monday night on campus around 10:50 p.m.
According to an email sent to the student body Tuesday morning, “the victim was lured to the woods from a pathway between the library and Gonzaga when she was attacked by what was described as a 40-year-old Caucasian male, approximately 6ft tall.”
The student is currently receiving medical treatment at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. Fairfield police detectives are on campus securing the scene and investigating, said the Connecticut Post.
Students received text alerts and emails from the University Tuesday morning, which encouraged students to “exercise caution and institute the buddy system when walking alone at night.”
Assistant Director of the Department of Public Safety John Ritchie said, “It’s an ongoing investigation and if we learn anything we will share it with the community. We want to remind all students to stay aware and remain vigilant while walking on campus.”
The email went on to persuade students to call the DPS if they ever feel that they’re in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation, as DPS offers students a 24-hour escort service, and warned students to stay in well-lit areas.
According to a statement from Teddy DeRosa, associate director for public relations and community relations, “University counselors have been with the victim and her family since last evening. The University will continue to support the victim and her family’s needs throughout her recovery.”