A female student reported that someone tried to rob her in the courtyard north of Burlington Labs around 1:30 p.m.
She told police that the man pushed her from behind and tried to grab her wallet from her hand.
The suspect then fled south towards Katherine Stinson Drive on foot.
The victim was not injured.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 foot 4 inches tall, in his 40s with short hair, wearing a black toboggan, dark colored hooded sweatshirt and having some facial hair.
Anyone with information about the incident should call (919) 515-3000.