Police Investigate Reported Assault on Shawnee State University Campus

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Shawnee State Campus Police are trying to find out who's responsible for assaulting a student on campus Thursday night.

Police were notified just after 9 p.m. Thursday. The victim says he was attacked by two males. The victim suffered bruising and minor cuts to his face.

Within minutes of the alleged attack, the university implemented its emergency notification plan.

"In little more than an hour, we were able to notify more than 7,000 students, faculty and staff," Elizabeth Blevins said. "We don't do that very often. In my four years here, we've only done that three other times."

The investigation is being handled by Shawnee State Police. The department is six police officers strong, and that doesn't include the security officers on patrol, as well. The Shawnee State Police Department is seven months old.

"I don't know if the average person realized we've now got our own department," Shawnee State Police Sgt. Laura Davis said.

People in Portsmouth may notice the cop cars off campus, as well.

"It won't be unusual for us to respond with mutual aid when necessary," Shawnee State Police Chief David Thoroughman said. "People should realize we're here and we're here to help."


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