In an email sent to all Wayne State students, staff and faculty, the Wayne State Police Department released the details of a sexual assault incident that was reported on Feb. 28 at approximately 9:40 p.m.
The student who reported the incident, a 20-year-old woman, said she was approached from behind by the perpetrator who stated, “Hey baby,” before placing his hand on her shoulder then breast.
The student described the culprit as a black male, possibly in his 20’s, 6'1" to 6'3" tall, had a beard, wearing a black knit cap, black jacket, grey shirt, dark pants.
The location of the offender could not be determined as the student was unable to discern which direction he went to responding officers because she ran toward the center of campus immediately following the encounter.
This is the third campus sexual assault incident reported by the WSUPD so far in the 2017-2018 school year. Most recently, there was a rape incident in a campus residential hall involving a female WSU student and her Tinder date who was not a WSU student.
WSUPD encourages students to utilize the free, 24-hour Safe Walk program whenever they are uncomfortable walking on campus.
The process of the Safe Walk program is as explained below, per the statement released by WSUPD:
"The caller simply calls WSUPD at 313-577-2222 (you should already have this number stored in your cell phone) and requests a Safe Walk. If we have a uniformed and radio-equipped cadet available, the cadet will go to the caller’s location and walk with the caller to their destination. If no cadet is available, then a uniformed officer in a marked scout car will be dispatched to handle the request."