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Clemson Univ. police search for attacker after student assaulted

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The Life Sciences building near where police say the student was found after her assault. (Jan. 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Life Sciences building near where police say the student was found after her assault. (Jan. 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University police warned students and the community about a sexual assault that happened on campus early Saturday morning.

Police Chief Johnson Link said that at about 1 a.m. Saturday university police officers found a woman lying on the sidewalk near the Life Sciences Facility. They described the 24-year-old as unresponsive and unconscious. Emergency services were called to transport her to AnMed Hospital.

Link said doctors followed medical protocol for a sexual assault. He said she also sustained head injuries from the struggle.

When the graduate student woke up, investigators learned that she had been jogging along Cherry Road when someone came up behind her. She told investigators that she never saw the suspect.

University police are stepping up patrols across campus, especially in parking lots and in areas that students travel. Link said the campus bus system, Tiger Transit, will add buses to its routes to make sure students will not have to wait long for a ride in the dark.

Link said it has been a long time since someone was sexually assaulted on campus in this fashion. He wants students and visitors to be vigilant as they travel at night.

Students on campus Monday said the attack put them on edge.

"Initially I was shocked, I don't normally hear things like that happen around Clemson, it made me nervous because I run by myself," said jogger Elaine Payne.

Anyone who has any information about who may be responsible for this attack is asked to call Clemson University police at 864-656-2222.

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