Cornell College introduced it has suspended all fraternity events and social occasions after authorities mentioned a scholar was sexually assaulted and at the very least 4 others had been drugged whereas attending social occasions at off-campus fraternity homes.
The Ivy League college, whose essential campus is in Ithaca, New York, introduced the suspension Monday following what police mentioned has been a string of drug-related incidents between Sept. 24 and Thursday, Nov. 3.
The alleged sexual assault occurred someday early Sunday, police mentioned. It’s not clear whether or not the incident is believed to be linked to the sooner occasions.
The “college students reported to have consumed little to no alcohol at an off-campus location however turned incapacitated whereas attending events,” Cornell College Police mentioned Friday of the alleged druggings.
The affected college students instructed police they had been uncovered to the drug Rohypnol, which is a sedative that’s generally often known as “roofies” or the “date rape drug.”
The choice to droop all occasions follows an emergency assembly Sunday between college workers and the Interfraternity Council (IFC), which governs all IFC-recognized fraternities at Cornell, the varsity’s president, Martha E. Pollack, and the varsity’s vice chairman of scholar and campus life, Ryan Lombardi, mentioned in a letter to college students.
“No IFC-affiliated social occasions will resume till scholar leaders and Cornell workers are assured actions can happen responsibly and safely,” they mentioned.
The IFC and the Ithaca Police Division, which is investigating the latest incidents, didn’t instantly reply to questions Tuesday.
Cornell, like many colleges throughout the nation, has lengthy battled incidents of sexual assault and hazing.
The college in 2018 introduced new anti-hazing insurance policies for Greek life after a lot of hazing-related points, together with the 2011 demise of a sophomore from alcohol poisoning.
These modifications included a three-year suspension for Greek life chapters discovered to have dedicated coerced alcohol or different drug consumption, sexual and associated misconduct, or different types of violence or mentally abusive conduct that poses a risk to well being and security.