A female student was the victim of battery just before 11 p.m. Monday after she was struck in the face by an unknown subject while leaving the Sharvey G. Umbeck Science and Mathematics Center (SMC), according to an alert sent out by Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf shortly after the incident.
The student was walking toward the Quads when she reportedly was being followed by four unknown subjects, who surrounded her and struck her in the face.
The student was not able to identify the subjects, aside from the basic description that they were young black males. She did not believe that they were Knox students.
After the initial report of the incident, some additional details on the incident came out, including that four males of the same description were seen near Knox and West streets just before the incident.
Schlaf also cautioned students about walking around campus alone at night, and he reminded students that though the student escort program is only offered during the weekends, students may call Campus Safety at any time for escort assistance.
The Galesburg Police Department has been notified of the incident, but they had not received any similar reports. In his alert, Schlaf encouraged anyone who may have observed the incident or similar activity to report it by any of the following means:
– Campus Safety Duty Officer: (309) 341-7979
– Campus Silent Witness Program
– Galesburg Police Department: (309) 343-9151 or 911