University Police are currently investigating a fourth degree sexual assault that took place at the Kraus Natural Science Building Thursday.

In a crime alert released to campus Friday, police said a female student was accosted by a white male who pinned her against a wall, kissed her and “inappropriately grabbed her.” She was able to free herself by punching the assailant and fled. The incident is said to have occurred around 3:45 p.m.

Police describe the suspect as a 20 to 22 year old white male with a muscular build, brown hair and between 5’10” and 6’ tall. At the time of the assault he was wearing black sweatpants, a red zip sweater and black Jordan sneakers. It is unclear whether or not the suspect is a student.

University Police are classifying the incident as a fourth degree sexual assault, which is defined as forced sexual contact. The crime is punishable by up to two years in jail and/or a fine of $500.

Anyone with information about the incident or suspect is encouraged to contact the University of Michigan Police Department at (734) 763-1131.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, the University offers many resources for counseling and reporting. A listing of available services can be found here. In addition, the University’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center staffs a 24/7 crisis line at (734) 936-3333.

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