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Sexual assault at CCSU under investigation

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A sexual assault was reported at Central Connecticut State University. (WFSB file) A sexual assault was reported at Central Connecticut State University. (WFSB file)

Police are investigating a sexual assault at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain earlier this week.

University police confirmed the sexual assault happened between a student and a visitor on Monday.

The suspect, who was a student, was expelled and banned from the campus on Friday.

Students are on edge because in this case, the victim may have known and been visiting the attacker. Visits and sleepovers are a common happening at colleges everywhere, but it's a routine many on the CCSU campus are now reconsidering. 

Police said the incident was reported by Residence Life staff.

"I definitely wanted to know sooner and be informed by the school," said Megan Leopard, a junior at CCSU. 

Police took over the investigation, but still haven't made an arrest. 

"Yeah, it's going to be in the back of our heads now. Definitely something to think about," Leopard said. 

Leopard and her friend are familiar with the situation of hanging out alone with someone and how quickly something like that can escalate.

"About an hour, like Netflix and chill. You see it all the time," said Schaila Hill, a sophomore at CCSU.

"Everyone does it, we all invite people and you wouldn't expect that," said Sierra Politz, a sophomore at CCSU. 

Now that police are investigating the same thing these girls never thought could happen, it's hitting home.

"Don't put yourself in that situation when you're all alone. Think about it first, and do what she said, a group thing," Politz said. 

The sexual assault remains under investigation. 

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