Cornell College introduced it has suspended all fraternity events and social occasions after authorities stated a pupil was sexually assaulted and at the least 4 others had been drugged whereas attending social occasions at off-campus fraternity homes.
The Ivy League faculty, whose principal campus is in Ithaca, New York, introduced the suspension Monday following what police stated has been a string of drug-related incidents between Sept. 24 and Thursday, Nov. 3.
The alleged sexual assault occurred someday early Sunday, police stated. 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 stated 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 called “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 college’s president, Martha E. Pollack, and the college’s vice chairman of pupil and campus life, Ryan Lombardi, stated in a letter to college students.
“No IFC-affiliated social occasions will resume till pupil leaders and Cornell workers are assured actions can happen responsibly and safely,” they stated.
A Cornell consultant instructed HuffPost Tuesday that it had no additional info to share in regards to the suspension. The Ithaca Police Division, which is investigating the current incidents, didn’t instantly reply to questions.
Cornell, like many faculties 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 variety of hazing-related points, together with the 2011 demise of a sophomore from alcohol poisoning.
These adjustments 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 habits that poses a menace to well being and security.