BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Authorities are investigating an assault that was reported on the IU Bloomington campus Monday night.
According to IU, the assault occurred around 10:15 p.m. near the intersection of Jordan Ave. and 7th St. near the auditorium.
A female student reported that she was waiting at a bus stop when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her around the neck. The female then reportedly screamed and struck the male with her elbows, drawing attention of a passerby.
The suspect fled westbound on foot. He has been described as a white male, tall, thin, in his early 20s and wearing a dark blue hat.
Students on campus said they received multiple calls and text message notifications from the University, alerting them to what happened.
"I was kind of nervous because I just walked home, so I texted my friend because she had just walked this way," said sophomore Elizabeth Simmons.
Other students said they were surprised at the central location where the assault was reported, adding that many students were out and about at that time of night.
"It startled me a little because I had just walked past there an hour before. But I was kind of surprised by the location because everyone was studying at Wells Library," explained sophomore, Ryan Cutshall.
The university originally told students in the area to “seek safe shelter” as a result on the incident, but later said the threat was no longer imminent.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 911. Click here for updates.