Students at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga said Monday they are worried about safety after hearing of a dorm break-in over the weekend.
Educators said an intruder came through an unlocked door while another student was there.
"It concerns me. I don't want people breaking in and stealing stuff. I have a friend that's a resident assistant, and I don't want him having extra stuff to deal with," said Landon Dickerson, a transfer student. "It's definitely concerning. They need to figure out how to tighten up the campus a little bit."
According to a university email, a black man in his 20's broke into a dorm while another student was in the bathroom. University officials said the intruder was described to be about five-foot-10 to six-feet tall wearing a white polo with black stripes. It's not clear whether the man is another student, officials said.
Reports said nothing was stolen and no one was hurt. But the thought of the incident occurring is scary to students.
"What's really scared me about this campus is this isn't the first incident that this has happened, somebody trying to break in or someone getting attacked on campus, especially after hours, and I do think something needs to change," said Jade Johnson, a junior at UTC.
"It makes me feel a little weird that somebody would just walk into a room like that. But I've never heard anything like that, definitely keep my doors locked," said Thomas Dance, a freshman at UTC.
University spokesperson Chuck Cantrell said that type of crime is common, but he said students should keep their doors locked to stay safe.
"It's also important to students to take some level of responsibility for their own safety, and that means locking the doors," said Cantrell. "Don't leave your door propped open for a roommate if they forget their key, don't leave it unlocked for them. Make them knock on the door."
Officials said no weapon was involved in the break-in, and they are asking anyone with information to call the police.By Briona Arradondo