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OU police investigating reports of sexual assaults at residence hall

NORMAN, Okla. - An investigation is underway after two reports of sexual assaults at Couch Center, also known as Couch Hall, at the University of Oklahoma.

An employee is at the center of the allegations.

Residents News 4 spoke to said they’ve always felt safe.

"Everybody's here all the time,” said Sydney Norris, a freshman.

It’s a popular place on campus and, at some point or another, it’s been home to many students and good memories.

"I loved living in the dorms and made a lot of great friends,” said Jordan Inman, who used to live at Couch.

But, now, there are accusations some tell us are troubling.

The first happened just this weekend. A third party reported the alleged assault to the OU Police Department. When police caught up with the victim, she told them a co-worker touched her inappropriately at work.

While investigating that case, authorities said a second victim came forward, reporting the same co-worker also touched her inappropriately on January 28.

In a statement, officials tell News 4:

"The University of Oklahoma does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind. The employee in question has been placed on administrative leave. OUPD is conducting an ongoing investigation."

They add there is no ongoing threat to campus.

It’s a sigh of relief for busy students like Norris, but she said she’s still going to take precautions.

"Walk in large groups. They have systems in place where I feel safe walking home, or coming home or biking home. I've never not felt safe," she said.