VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - USI is stepping up security patrols after a student reported that she was sexually assaulted.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says the student was out running last month on the USI-Burdette Trail when she was grabbed by a man.
USI officials say they alerted the campus by email last Friday after they were notified about the assault:
"USI's Public Safety Department was notified this afternoon of an alleged sexual assault that occurred on August 26. The incident is reported to have taken place on the USI/Burdette Trail. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. As a precaution, patrols of the area will be increased and while the investigation is ongoing, the campus community is advised to travel the trail in pairs or in groups."
Students who use the USI-Burdette Trail say they were surprised to hear about the attack and that, for the most part, they feel safe using the trail.
They say they're trying to stay in groups when using the trail and that having the added security helps them feel safer when running or walking.
No arrests have been made.