CORVALLIS, Ore. - A 20-year-old female Oregon State University student said she was sexually assaulted by a man Tuesday morning who got into her room at a residence hall.
Police said it is a mystery how the suspect got into the student’s room, because the more than 3,500 students who live in on-campus residence halls must have a key card to enter the buildings.
But students say the system has a few flaws.
“Basically, all it takes is for someone to wait outside for someone to walk in and then the doors open,” said Dennis Peterson.
“If it looks like a college student then they let them in and no one really questions it,” said Carly Keicher. “So I guess in that respect, it’s probably not the safest place, but I feel safe on campus so I haven’t really worried about it.”
Because the investigation is ongoing, police would not identify the residence hall where the victim was assaulted but did say one of the security camera systems failed.
Police said they are unsure why the system wasn’t working and are looking into it.
Police said they do have some leads and are working with detectives out of Eugene.
The suspect is described as a white man about six feet three inches tall, heavy build with short spiky hair.
He was wearing blue jeans and a dark colored T-shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State University area command office at 541-737-3010.