How did sexual assault suspect get into dorm?

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- To get into a dorm at Oregon State University, you need to have a key card.

Or you need to loiter outside a door until someone opens it, students told KVAL News on Thursday.

"If it looks like a college student then they let them in and no one really questions it," said Carly Keicher, who lives in a residence hall.

Even if you get past that layer of security, surveillance video should help identify intruders like the suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a female student in her dorm room early May 4.

That is if the security camera worked.

"That information came to light during the investigation," Lt. Jeff Lanz with the Oregon State Police told KVAL News.

The suspect is described as a white male, 6-foot-3, with a heavy build, short spiky hair and seen wearing blue jeans and a dark colored t-shirt.

The assault happened around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Lanz said the 20-year-old victim did not have a roommate and did not know her attacker.

“We investigate several sexual assaults each year but it’s a very rare occasion when we investigate one where there isn't some relationship, acquaintance or friendship between the alleged perpetrator and the victim,” Lanz said.

The suspect is described as a white male, 6’3”, with a heavy build, short spiky hair and seen wearing blue jeans and a dark colored t-shirt.

Police are still investigating how the suspect gained entry into the female student’s room.

“We're looking into how the individual got into the room at this time. We are going at it from the angle that her room was locked at the time. But we are not sure at this point,” Lanz said.

More than 3,500 hundred students live in on campus residence halls at Oregon State University.

Because this investigation is still ongoing, Lanz would not identify the residence hall where the victim was assaulted.

“I can tell you we have some leads and we are working diligently with some of our criminal detectives out of Eugene who are coming up to help us with this case. We're hoping to find the individual responsible,” he said.

OSU and law enforcement are asking for information pertinent to the ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with additional information can contact Lanz at (541) 737-3010.

OSU officials encourage all individuals to take appropriate precautions to stay safe on campus, and offer the following tips as good safety practices:

1. Keep room doors locked at all times.

2. Do not prop outside doors open. Do not let strangers into residence halls.

3. If you see something suspicious, call police.

4. Avoid the use of headphones when walking on campus.

5. Be aware of what is going on around you.

6. Whenever possible, carry a cellular phone when walking in remote areas.

7. At night, walk in well-lit corridors of campus.

8. Take precautions at day and night. Do not walk or jog alone.

9. "Blue Light Phones," which provide a direct connection to OSU Public Safety and 911, can be found at many locations across campus.