At 10:47 p.m. Tuesday evening, Southern Adventist University students received an email from Isaac James, director of Marketing and University Relations, stating that Campus Safety received a fondling report at 8:15 p.m. of an unknown male approaching and groping a female student in a campus parking lot at 7:51 p.m.
The assailant was reported to be wearing red sweats and a black zip up hoodie, and his hairstyle was described as a fade with an afro on top, according to the email. He was driving a red car, possibly a Chevy Spark or Sonic. The email stated that in the few hours before it was sent, two other students had reported a driver in a red car acting suspiciously on campus.
The Collegedale Police Department (CPD) is currently investigating the incident, according to CPD Corporal Chase Watson in an interview with the Accent.
At the time of the email, Campus Safety and police were actively patrolling campus.
“Please be mindful of your surroundings and avoid isolated locations, particularly at night,” the email stated. “If you are concerned for your safety, Campus Safety is available to provide an escort while on campus.”
The email encouraged students who see suspicious activity on campus to move to a safe place and immediately alert Campus Safety by calling 423-236-2100. In an emergency, students should call 911.
Megan Yoshioka also contributed to this report.