University student sexually assaulted in Sanford

The crime happened early Sunday morning.

Ethan Nelson

A University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted in Sanford Hall between 12:45 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The victim was in a hallway outside her room when she met two males who walked her back to room. One of the men then threatened her with a knife, and both assaulted her, according to a crime alert sent to University students, staff and faculty members on Tuesday.

The victim did not know the suspects, the crime alert said.

University of Minnesota Police responded to a call regarding the crime on Monday afternoon. UMPD is investigating the crime.

The University will send a message to all residents of University residence halls reminding them to stay safe, University spokesman Tim Busse said.

UMPD will place additional emphasis on ensuring building doors are secured and residents aren’t followed inside residence halls, he said.

Busse said it’s “incredibly rare” for a sexual assault to occur in a dorm.

The rape is the second reported in the University area since March.