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CCRI students call for better alert system after report of assault

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Students at CCRI's Lincoln campus are calling for a better alert system after some of them didn't learn of a reported sexual assault until hours after it happened.

CCRI Director of Marketing and Communications Richard Coren said a woman reported she was sexually assaulted in a bathroom Wednesday at about 8:45 a.m.

"(She said) he began touching her, kissing her and she said to stop. Apparently, he heard someone coming and he fled," Coren said.

Campus and state police said they are looking for a man in his early 20s with dark hair and between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall. The alleged victim reported the man was wearing blue jeans and a black sweater.

"Overall, I was just really shocked about it. I think it's sick when stuff like that happens," said student Jared Potts.

Many students told NBC 10 they were upset they didn't learn of the report sooner.

Only people signed up for the school's alert system got a text message.

CCRI said it also sent out an email, but some students claim they never got it and instead heard about it through word of mouth.

"(I learned of it) this morning when I came into school from classmates. I didn't really believe it at first," Potts said.

A similar complaint was heard two weeks ago when a male student was verbally harassing women in the parking lot at CCRI's Knight campus in Warwick.

Coren said the school is using social media to get tips about the incident, but hasn't posted anything on its website.

"It's an isolated incident. It wasn't something we wanted to blast on the website," he said.

Students disagreed.

"It should have been on the website. And I feel like they have everybody's cell. We shouldn't have to sign up to these alerts," said student Lena Rithiphong.

Coren said the school is planning to move away from the opt-in alert system for one that includes all students.

He said the college hopes to make the switch by January.

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