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Fourth assault in four months at university

30-year-old former student arrested in campus attack

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A former York University student, Faizan Ali, 30, is charged with entering one of the university’s residences on Friday evening and sexually assaulting a female acquaintance and her friend, reports CBC News.

That’s the fourth alleged assault involving a student on or near the suburban Toronto campus in the past four months.

The most famous crime occurred on April 15 when Chinese student Qian Liu, 23, was murdered at her private residence near campus. Brian Dickson, a 29-year-old former resident of the same house was charged. The murder made headlines around the world because Liu had been video-chatting with her boyfriend in China at the time that Dickson allegedly killed her.

The other assaults were reported on April 5 when a student was attacked by three males outside The Absinthe pub on campus and on May 5 when a student was sexually assaulted in the Seneca@York building.

Wallace Pidgeon, of York University media relations, told student newspaper The Excalibur in April that officials are making the campus safer by adding 25 security cameras to the 600 already installed, plus $200,000 more in light fixtures.