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Sex Assault Reported at West Chester University Residential Facility

A campus alert says two men sexually assaulted someone in a campus building early Sunday

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A person was sexually assaulted in a building on the West Chester University campus over the weekend.

A campus safety alert stated that the sexual assault took place early Sunday inside a residential facility at the Chester County university.

The victim said that two men were involved in the attack. One of the men has been identified, the university said. The other has not.

"It just makes me sad because as a guy and as a person on campus I put pride in my campus," Camron Hendryx, a West Chester student, said. "To hear something like that happen on campus, it's just like, we've got to do better."

Police say the second man involved in the attack is a stocky man in his early 20s who stands around 5 feet, 9 inches tall and has facial hair. He is believed to be a friend of the other alleged attacker.

"It just kind of scared me because being at a campus so big, you never know what's going to happen and you always think that would never happen to you so getting the text that it did happen on your school is kind of scary," Jillian Borgerding, a West Chester student, told NBC10.

The university didn't reveal other details about the attack and said the Chester County District Attorney's Office was involved in the investigation.

"Sexual misconduct is a very serious event at this university and it won't be tolerated," Christine Kozsuch, a West Chester University spokeswoman, told NBC10. "Our campus police is working very closely with the DA's office. This is a very serious offense on our campus. We understand the amount of strength and courage it takes for an individual to come forward."

The incident occurred only days after the school released a sexual misconduct and violence prevention video. The university also said they have year-round sexual misconduct training for students.

"I do feel safe here because they do let us know when stuff like this happens and then there are cops that do walk around campus a lot," Rose Mastronardo, another West Chester student, told NBC10.

Anyone with information is asked to call 610-436-3311.

West Chester University, with an enrollment of 17,552 students, is the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

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