CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The Clemson University Police Department is investigating after a man forced a woman into his SUV and sexually assaulted her.

Police say the incident happened near Sikes Hall. A female student was walking from downtown Clemson when a man, described as white and in his early 20s, drove by and offered her a ride. Police say she declined several times before the man got out of his car and forced her inside. They say he drove off, sexually assaulted her at an unknown location. The victim ended up at the intersection of Highway 93 and 76. That’s when she was able to call her friends, who took her home and then reported the assault to police.

Clemson sent out a safe alert at 1:58 a.m. on Sunday.

They warn all students to be cautious while CUPD continues to investigate.

CUPD Chief Eric Hendricks sent 7 News a release saying he “urges students and others on campus to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious people or activity to police. He also offers the following safety tips:

*         Stay alert to your surroundings, limiting use of earphones and lengthy phone conversations.

*         Avoid walking or jogging alone at night. Call Tiger Transit at 864-656-3333 to arrange a ride between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

*         Stay in well-lit, populated areas.

*         If you feel threatened, call 911 from your cell phone or use one of the blue light emergency phones located around campus.

*         If you are confronted by an attacker, scream loudly and try to run to a safe area.

As always, Counseling and Psychological Services personnel are available to support students who may be impacted by this incident and/or this report. During normal business hours, call CAPS at 864-656-2451 to schedule an appointment. For psychological emergencies after hours and on weekends, contact the CAPS counselor on call through CUPD at 864-656-2222. The dispatcher will obtain your contact information and have the counselor on call return your call.”