The parking lot behind the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center stands on Monday, Dec. 3. A mass announcement was sent out by Police Services to students and faculty to alert of an assault on Friday night.

University Police Services announced via email in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 1 an assault was reported to have happened around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in the parking lot east of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

According to the victim, she was returning to her vehicle in the metered lot behind the Knowledge Center. After entering her vehicle, she was accosted by the suspect but was able to free herself and leave the area.

According to the announcement, the man was a white male between 20 and 30 years of age, had a raspy voice, an average build, wore a dark colored sweatshirt, smelled of cigarettes and stood around six feet tall. He may have injured his right hand.

University Police Services declined to comment on the situation to the Nevada Sagebrush, as the investigation is ongoing.

“Right now, all we are commenting on is asking anyone with information to call police,” said Assistant Director Todd Renwick. “The case is still under investigation.”

University Police Services are reminding students to stay safe around campus, particularly at night.

“Make personal safety your number one priority,” University Police Services said in an email announcement. “Awareness, Avoidance and Risk Reduction is the best way to avoid becoming a victim.”

Other than awareness, University Police Services advises carrying a noise maker, keeping music volume low if using headphones or using campus resources, such as Campus Escort or the Safe Pack Safety app. Campus Escort can be reached at (775)-742-6808.

Any information on the suspect should contact 911 or the University Police Services at 775-334-COPS.

Olivia Ali can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @OliviaNAli.