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Assault on Campus Worries Armstrong Atlantic Students About Safety

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Students at Armstrong Atlantic University are showing mixed reaction to an assault that happened to one student on Thursday night. 

While some say they didn't even realize it happened near their residence hall, others say it's got them walking a little faster and checking over their shoulder more.

You see more students traveling in packs on campus. Awareness seems heightened.

"You never know what could happen," warns student Emma Hester.

Hester says she was walking back from class around the time another student was assaulted.

"I was actually heading back from class around nine o'clock that night. When you're getting back at night and you have to walk way across the parking lot over there all by yourself, it's scary," Hester says.

Students heard about the assault the next morning, from an email the university sent out.

"We were sitting, studying, and she pulled up the email and read it to me and we were kind of in shock," says student Emily Cummings.

The school says a female student was pushed to the ground on her way into the dorm. Students who heard about it believe her screams saved her life, when they say the man ran away. But what could have happened frightens some.

"It's scary, not knowing," Hester says.

Others hope the school will do more to keep them in the know.

"A lot of people that I've asked said they didn't even check their email so they didn't even know what happened," says student Kayla Boerger.

To keep safe, students say the buddy system is smart.

"Definitely walk in pairs," says Cummings.

Meanwhile, they will keep their eyes peeled for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, with short black hair and a goatee. Police say he's about 5'6" tall. If you have information, contact the police department at (912)344-3333. Police are also urging students to call that number if they need an escort on campus.

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