The University of St. Thomas Department of Public Safety has issued an alert regarding two recent assaults that took place near Macalester College last week.

In one case, a Macalester student was approached by a group of males and was asked for a cigarette. When the student did not respond he was hit in the face. The student was not seriously injured.

Details about the incidents, and crime-prevention tips, can be found on the Public Safety website. Click on the alert titled “11/11/2011 Macalester Assault Alert.”