Sex assault reported on Seton Hall campus

November 17, 2010 3:19:35 PM PST
Police and Seton Hall University officials are investigating a sexual assault on the school's campus in South Orange.

"It scares me now, like I don't feel safe now," said Freshman Paige Harriott, a student at Seton Hall.

Harriott and Tara Giri are walking everywhere together now.

They were horrified to hear about a fellow freshman being sexually assaulted on campus Tuesday night.

"I feel horrible. It's not like it happened at a party off campus. She was at the library studying and it happened to her coming back," Giri said.

South Orange Police say it happened at 11:00 p.m.

"She left the library and encountered the man. That's when the assault took place," said Captain Kyle Kroll, of the South Orange Police.

An email sent out to all students by the university described what happened after the man asked the girl to go to a nearby parking lot with him.

"When she resisted, the suspect forced her to accompany him to the parking lot where he sexually assaulted her next to a parked vehicle," the statement said.

She was able to give police a description of her attacker.

He is described as a black male around 20 years old, 6'1" with a muscular build, and wearing a dark blue shirt and black pants.

The victim says he got away in a black four door Toyota or Chevy.

"It's a terrible thing, but not surprising. I've been here four years, nothing surprises me," said Phil Deloof, a Seton Hall senior.

Deloof said that there is a false sense of security on campus.

Even though this is his last year, he wants to see the school do more when it comes to protecting its students.

"I think that they should acknowledge that there is a very dangerous city less than a half mile from the front gate of their beautiful gated campus. I mean there should be somebody there. There are guys walking around giving tickets, and then there's stuff like this going on. I mean, it's not an isolated incident," Deloof said.

The university's Public Safety Department and the South Orange Police Department are investigating.

The university is advising students to travel in groups on and off campus.