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USF Tampa police investigate on-campus rape

TAMPA — University of South Florida police continue to investigate the reported rape of a student in Kappa Hall on Wednesday.

The woman said a man she didn't know raped her at 6:50 p.m. in the residence hall.

Police have not named a suspect or said if they believe he is a student. They also said Monday that they are still investigating how he got in the dorm room.

The department released a description of the man: white, between 18 and 22 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6-feet, and about 180 pounds with a muscular build and either short black or shaggy brown hair.

He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt, green cargo shorts and flip flops, according to police.

So far, police have not called for substantial changes in campus security. The department has asked its officers to increase their visibility near the dorm rooms, as time permits, according to Lt. Chris Daniel.

Otherwise, Daniel said police continue to encourage students to watch out for unusual people and report anything that appears out of place.

Campus police routinely patrol residence halls and work with an independent contractor — Allied Barton Security Services — to monitor the dorms.

The university has not installed cameras inside or outside the residence halls, so police do not have a surveillance video recording that could help them in this case, Daniel said.

This is the third rape on campus this year, according to the Police Department. There was one reported in 2011 and seven reported in 2010.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crime call them at (813) 974-2628.

Times staff writer Laura C. Morel contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

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