A Western Washington University student reported that she was attack early Wednesday near a campus dormitory.
Students and others were told about the 1:15 a.m. Wednesday incident 90 minutes later by text message and email, according to campus authorities.
"... a female Western student was walking in the 100 block of Highland Drive, near the tennis court by Ridgeway Kappa residence hall, when a man ran up to her and put his hand down her pants," the email said.
Campus officials said the victim described her attacker as a man about 6 feet tall with short hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and white tennis shoes.
He was last seen running south on a service road that goes past the tennis courts.
Police are searching the area, but apparently found no suspects.