U of M alerts students following sexual assault on campus

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - University of Memphis warned students about a sexual assault that happened on campus.

The University Police Department said in a campus-wide safety alert that it's working with Memphis Police Department to investigate the assault.

The assault happened Sunday night in the Carpenter Complex.

The victim said she knew her attacker.

"It's scary to know that it happened so close," UofM student Emily Cooper said. "It makes you worry."

Cooper is a senior at Memphis, staying on campus at Carpenter Complex.

"I feel like I do have to watch where I'm going, be very aware of my surrounding," Cooper said.

The latest allegations come after months of others surrounding the campus.

Last month, University of Memphis football player Ernest Suttles was charged with rape at his apartment near campus and was kicked off the team.

Another female student reported being raped twice in less than a month by students related to the Lambda Chi fraternity. Student Nicholas Wayman now faces charges in connection with one of those alleged incidents.

"It's scary," UofM student Taylor Wilson said. "I think there should be more police out to help us especially girls to get where we're going."

The university addressed the issue at a campus forum attended by university president David Rudd.

"I do feel like those forums are helpful and they have self-defense classes. I feel like those are good resources for not only females but everyone to feel more protected."

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact MPD at 901-545-2677.

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