College takes steps to protect students after sexual assault

The concern continues in a Lexington neighborhood as police search for a man who grabbed and raped a woman.

The attack happened behind Spencerian College off Winchester Road. And while the crime didn't involve a student, it has officials there warning students to take extra safety measures.

"This morning I went around and walked around the morning classes and just discussed with them what happened to a community member outside in Lexington," says Buddy Hoskinson, Spencerian College's Executive Director.

The woman assaulted was not a student at the college. She told police the man who assaulted her told her he had a knife, then dragged her behind the college building, where he sexually assaulted her.

Police released a sketch of the person they're looking for. He's a black man, about six feet tall, 190 pounds, and between 20 and 35 years old.

College officials say they're always doing what they can to make sure campus is safe.

"We wear student IDs. Faculty, staff--everyone--wears picture IDs so that we're mindful of who's on the property, who's on campus, so we can kind of keep an eye on what's going on," Hoskinson says.

They also send out mass email alerts, and students can register their cell phone numbers to receive text alerts.

The campus has security officers to help people to their cars if it's late or they do not feel comfortable.

If anyone has information, they're asked to contact Lexington Police

If you think you recognize him, you can call Crimestoppers at 859-253-2020. Your information could make you eligible for a reward.

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