WEST CHESTER A man attempted to steal a West Chester University student's car late Tuesday night as she parked on Sharpless Street, according to the campus police.

The man approached the car around 10:30 p.m. and told the woman to get out, officials said. Instead, the police said, she drove off.

The man was described as being white, about 6 feet tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. He didn't display a weapon, and the woman was not injured, the police said.

The incident is being investigated by the West Chester police. The university police said they expect charges will be filed.

The attempted carjacking comes after a string of sexual assaults have been reported on the campus in the last month. In the first two - on March 30 and April 4 - the women knew their attackers and are not looking to have criminal charges filed, the university said. Officials said the third, which is under investigation, took place early Saturday in a campus residence.

A university spokeswoman stressed that the spike might mean more women are reporting assaults, not that more are taking place.

- Tricia L. Nadolny