Student attacked on UNA campus, alert sent 2 days later

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The University of North Alabama Police are investigating a sexual assault reported early Wednesday morning.

The report was made by the victim, a student, Wednesday afternoon. The victim told police the assault happened at 12:30 a.m. in the parking deck.

Campus officials said a breakdown in communication caused a delay in reporting the attack.

UNA Police did not complete their report until Friday afternoon. As soon as officials outside the police department were notified, a Lion Alert was sent out across campus and the community was notified.

UNA is helping the victim with services through the campus Care Team, Center for Counseling Services and Infirmary.

"Our absolute highest priority at this time is to care for this student in whatever ways needed, but the safety and security of the entire campus community is also imperative," said Dr. William G. Cale Jr., UNA president.

The university said it is currently adding campus police patrols while increasing the visibility and use of its safety programs, such as SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol), and encouraging the report of any suspicious activity to 911. The campus community has been made aware of the incident.

The university asks that anyone with information on this case contact the UNA Police at 256-765-HELP.

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