CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is warning students after reports of a person using a cell phone to record images of people walking and uploading them onto an internet pornography site.
OSU used Twitter to let students know about the situation.
According to the tweets, students at the Corvallis campus and community members should be aware of a person walking a silver blue mountain bike who appears to be using a cell phone to record images of people walking.
Two community members alerted the Department of Public Safety to the situation on Thursday.
Officials said there are more than 50 videos dated over the past few weeks, and all of the subjects are photographed from behind. There are no recognizable faces or names in the videos. Officials said the videos have since been taken down from the porn site.
The university urges community members to be aware of their surrounding and to report any sightings of a person taking unsolicited videos.
If you have information, contact the Department of Public Safety at 541-737-3010.
Below is the full statement the university made on Twitter:
"Oregon State University Corvallis campus students and community members are advised to be aware of a person walking a silver blue mountain bike and appearing to use a cell phone to record images of people walking. OSU’s Department of Public Safety was notified (Thursday) by two members of the university community that numerous videos recorded of women walking on campus have been loaded on an internet porn site. The videos number more than 50, are dated to have been recorded over the past few weeks, and are all of subjects photographed from behind. There are no recognizable face images or names associated with the videos. Members of the campus community are urged to be aware of their surroundings and immediately report any sightings of an individual appearing to take unsolicited videos of people walking on campus or a person following others walking a silver blue mountain bike with a phone in hand. Please call the OSU Department of Public Safety non-emergency line at 541-737-3010 with any information related to this matter."
Tiana Koch is a student at OSU and she said she thinks the university could have handled the way they told students better.
"If you feel uncomfortable as a female getting an email like that or just uncomfortable in any way like that there's great people to talk to over there," said Koch. "If they gave more resources and ways to cope rather than 'be on the lookout' and this is what's happening and that's it you know?"
She was referring to the university's Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center which has staff available to meet with people who are triggered by stalking events like this.
The photos of OSU students have been taken down from PornHub's website.
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