GREENSBORO, N.C. -- University of North Carolina at Greensboro students are on alert after several students reported a man exposed himself to them on campus.
Police say the man approached students near the Grogan residence hall around 8:00 p.m. Sunday, flashing them.
Officers say the reports were called in within about 15 minutes of each other and all within about half of a block.
“Multiple people were like, 'I just saw this guy, and he was flashing people,'" UNCG freshman Abby Fisher said.
Word traveled fast around UNCG's campus. Fisher and her friend Caroline Mast got an alert on the Wildfire App on their phones Sunday night. Then they got an email from campus police, warning about the incident.
The two freshman live near where three students reported seeing the man expose himself.
“Yeah, when I saw that I thought, I’m done going outside for the night, I’m done,” Mast said.
UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester says officers responded to the dorms right away.
“We circulated and we saturated the area with officers, and we actually remained in that area for quite some time because there had been a series of them,” Lester said.
Officers say the suspect may have a history of committing this type of crime.
“We already know that there is a similar incident within the city limits that might be related to what happened on the campus, which is common,” the chief said.
Lailah Cunningham says she wasn't surprised to hear about the news.
“We keep getting a lot of Wildfire emails about disturbing stuff on campus,” she said.
That's why she and her friends, like Najah Young Farrington, stick together on campus.
Lester says a key in this case is communication. He says it was very helpful for the students to call police so quickly and they had a good description of the suspect. Police were able to get surveillance video from the campus capturing the suspect.
Women on campus say they're also grateful students posted about what happened so quickly.
“Just keep posting, if you see any crazy stuff keep sharing and letting your friends know. Keep everyone updated, and make sure you're staying with people you’re comfortable with,” Mast said.
UNCG police say they have already gotten some leads on who the suspect is.
Police also advice students to use the LiveSafe App. Students can also request an escort from campus police\ or use the campus shuttle to make sure they're getting around safely.