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PSU students on guard after another reported assault

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A female student at Portland State University reported she was assaulted over the weekend. 

The alleged attack is the latest in a series of alarming incidents on campus in recent months.

"It's almost like you can't be safe walking around campus any time of day," said Chelsea Larsen, a graduate student.

Police said the woman reported a man followed her for two blocks from the transit mall to Neuberger Hall about 3 p.m. Saturday. She told investigators the man physically assaulted her, but she hit him and he ran off. She was not hurt.

Police have a still image of the suspect from a transit mall camera. The victim described him as a white man, about 6'1," green eyes, with a shiny bald head, wearing a straw safari hat with a chin strap, olive green cargo shorts, a gray shirt and carrying a black bag.

Campus security sent an alert to students about the incident. Students tell us the alerts are becoming too common.

"I always stay in the library until pretty late and night and have to go home by myself. it's pretty sketchy," said freshman Chichi Yu.

This is the second alleged assault in Neuberger Hall, a mainly administrative building. In late April, a woman reported she was grabbed from behind and robbed there.

And in March and April, there were several reports of a man entering women's dorm rooms while the occupants were inside.

"I have been carrying mace around because you never know. I've been thinking about getting a self-protection key chain as well," said freshman Grace Lundblede.

Lundblede is on edge despite living in the Broadway, a high-tech dorm where doors lock automatically. 

But many students told FOX 12 they think the university is doing the best it can to keep them safe in an urban environment.

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