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By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

ST. PETER, Minn. (WCCO) — Police are still searching for the person responsible for two attempted sexual assaults over the weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Campus leaders held a meeting to discuss the investigation Monday night.

Around 1,300 students and faculty members filled the chapel to hear the plans to keep students safe.

“I’m from St. Peter and still scared about it, especially knowing it was on campus,” said Jennifer Wilking, a Gustavus freshman.

Students are no longer just thinking about exams and homework, they are thinking about their safety.

“I was feeling stressed and not safe at all,” said Sokhna Gueye, a Gustavus freshman.

The two attacks have shaken the sense of security on the small campus.

“This is a stranger situation,” said Matt Peters, the St. Peter Police Chief.”Those are rare, not only on campus, but in the community. I can’t think of one in the community.”

At an informational meeting, students learned the assaults happened in well-lit areas, near the Nobel science building and a path in the arboretum. The victims were alone at the time.

To keep students safe, Gustavus officials warned students to stay in groups and to use the campus-run escort system, so they are not walking alone.

Students said they left the meeting feeling more secure, but still hope police will make an arrest.

“At least we know they are investigating, so feel little safer,” Gueye said.

Police said the women were able to fight off the attacker and only suffered minor injuries. Police believe one person is responsible for both attacks.

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