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Residence hall leaders, students talk safety after dorm assault

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - University of Iowa Police are investigating after a man assaulted a student in her dorm room.

Police say Mark Spicer, 19, somehow got into the Mayflower Residence Hall, last week.

According to the complaint Spicer knocked on the victim's dorm room, she answered and he allegedly grabbed her and struck her in the face.

Police are still trying to figure out how Spicer got into the residence hall.

University officials tell us only residents of a particular dorm have card access called Proxy to get into the stairwells and elevator where the dorm rooms are.

"[Safety] is our main priority, keeping students here safe physically and mentally," said Tabitha Wiggins, Mayflower Hall Coordinator. "We stress to students that it's important for you to watch out. As you're coming into the building making sure that you are not allowing folks to piggy back on to your Proxy access."

Spicer allegedly entered the victim's room without permission and assaulted her again by spitting in her face. He then stole the victims laptop and refused to give her phone back.

Mayflower has more than a 1,000 students living there, however safety is the main priority in all residence halls.

"As a university we definitely take safety serious, we just need students to help us," said Wiggins.

We spoke with a few students who agreed.

"We all have to do our best to protect ourselves and be smart about it," said Jocelyn Ibarra, a UI student.

Ibarra says having the Proxy card is great and helps her feel secure while her dorm room, however, she's witnessed people letting other use their card.

Students are instructed buy the university's housing department to be on alert for non-residents attempting to gain access to the building or student space by going through a door or getting on an elevator after a student used their card to access the building, student space, or elevator.
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