Ole Miss police investigating sexual assault at fraternity house

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OXFORD, Miss. -- University Police said they are investigating a sexual assault that happened on campus.

It happened at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house on Chapel Lane around 11 p.m. Friday.

"I thought it was a rather frightening situation," said Joseph Kuchta.

However, it is not known whether the suspect is a member of that fraternity. Police said it occurred at a function attended by many people, including non-Greeks.

"It's a really bad title to have especially on a college campus, it reflects very negatively of you," said Kuchta.

Police said the victim went to the hospital following the assault.

"There's a lot of security at the parties, I'm not sure how much they can do outside after the party or other people's houses, but I think security on campus does a pretty good job at parties," said Jack Stevens.

ATO has been cooperating with the investigation, police said.

However, this isn't the first time a rape was recently reported on the Ole Miss campus. Just last September, a woman was waiting for a taxi near fraternity row when she was picked up by a stranger before being sexual assaulted. Also back in May 2015, a woman was sexually assaulted at another frat house on campus.

"It's a pretty terrifying thing, you hope to go to a school where it's a welcoming campus, and you can walk around and be safe," said Stevens. "It's obviously a concern trying to keep a student body safe. Hopefully we can do a better job here."

We knocked on the door at the ATO House, but the president didn't want to comment. University officials are reminding the community, sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. If you know anything about this crime, call campus police.

A warning was sent out to students about the incident.

Police said the suspect is a 6-foot-3 white man with a large build and dark, curly shoulder-length hair. He was wearing a red Ole Miss buttoned-collared shirt and khaki shorts.

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