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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A woman who reported being assaulted by an unknown black man with an afro has recanted her story, according to the University of Arizona Police Department.

The University of Arizona issued a Campus Watch Alert for an alleged sexual assault after the report, but the ensuing investigation determined it to be a false report.

UA officials said in a release the incident happened on June 16 around 6 p.m.

The release said a woman, not affiliated with the university, reported she had been assaulted  while she was walking in the area of Arizona Stadium, 540 N. Vine Ave. 

University of Arizona Police Sergeant Filbert Barrera said anyone who wishes to have a police escort on campus may call UAPD at any time.

Barrera said escorts will accompany you to and from a university to building to your car, for example.

The UAPD phone number is 621-UAPD or 621-8273.  

UAPD also released the following tips and information for anyone on campus:

The University of Arizona Police Department would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to utilize good safety practices at all times. Listed below are safety tips you should keep in mind. Remember to immediately report suspicious activity to 9-1-1.

1. Utilize ASUA Safe Ride for a free way to travel between UA buildings and lots at night. Call 520-621-SAFE.

2. PTS Night Cat travels a full circuit around the University of Arizona campus every 30 minutes. The service is free and operates Mon-Fri from 6:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

3. Request cab service through the cab company's dispatch center. Avoid calling individual cab drivers. Take note of the cab company you are using. Do not accept transportation from someone you do not know.

4. If you feel threatened or suspect you are being followed, walk toward a well-lighted area where there are people. Call 9-1-1 immediately!

5. Emergency blue light phones give you direct access to UAPD with the push of a button. Know where they are located at all times.

6. Never second guess yourself if you think you should call police about a suspicious person or incident. If someone or something gives you an uneasy feeling don't hesitate to report it to police.

7. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings and the people in your vicinity at all time.

8. Save important phone calls for a later time. Using a cell phone or other electronics devices, when walking, biking, or divining are distractions and divert your attention away from your surroundings.

9. At night travel in well lighted areas. Avoid shortcuts through dark deserted areas. Do not walk alone and use the buddy system or travel in groups.

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