NEW BRUNSWICK - Police say a woman was sexually assaulted near the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus.

The woman, who is affiliated with the school, told police she was approached by a man in the area of Richardson and Wyckoff streets early Sunday. The woman told police the man followed her into a yard and she was assaulted.

The woman was treated and released at a hospital.

The suspect was described as a black male, wearing tan shorts and a dark-colored shirt with white dots.

The Rutgers University Police Department is encouraging students to take reasonable precautions, including:

- Remaining alert and aware of the people and circumstances around you

- Avoid isolated or dark areas

- Immediately report suspicious activity to local law enforcement

- Walking in groups when traveling during late night hours. 

Rutgers and New Brunswick police will be increasing patrols.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Brunswick Police Department Detective Bureau at 732-745-5217.