Frat events have been suspended at Cornell College after not less than 4 college students reported being drugged and one described being sexually assaulted at fraternity-affiliated off-campus homes, officers stated Monday.
The college’s Intrafraternity Council voluntarily made the choice Sunday after an emergency assembly, college President Martha Pollock and Ryan Lombardi, the vp for scholar and campus life, stated in a joint assertion.
The announcement got here three days after the college’s police division stated in an announcement that it had been notified of 4 incidents from Sept. 24 to Nov. 3, when college students reported ingesting little to no alcohol throughout events however turned “incapacitated.”
An obvious sufferer described being “roofied,” or given Rohypnol, the police division stated. The sedative, which will be dissolved in liquid, is illegitimate within the U.S.
It warned individuals to observe how their drinks are made and to by no means depart them unattended.
No fraternities or suspects have been named within the assertion. The college police division and authorities within the metropolis of Ithaca, the place the Ivy League faculty of practically 23,000 college students is situated, are investigating, the assertion stated.
Rebecca Valli, a media relations spokesperson with Cornell College, declined to supply additional data on precisely when the 4 incidents occurred.
An Ithaca police official didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The college assertion stated the alleged crimes reportedly occurred off-campus at buildings affiliated with registered fraternities. The college officers didn’t identify the fraternities.
The officers condemned the incidents and stated they totally supported the “needed pause” in fraternity social occasions.
“Fraternity leaders will take this time to implement stronger well being and security plans,” the officers stated.
The assertion added that there can be no events till faculty workers members and scholar leaders are assured they will happen safely.
Colin Sheeley contributed.