Fraternity parties suspended at Cornell University after several students drugged

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Fraternity parties suspended at Cornell University after several students drugged

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Cornell University has suspended all fraternity parties in response to multiple students getting drugged while at off-campus houses affiliated with Greek life.

The school’s Interfraternity Council, which governs all the fraternities at the school, decided to suspend all frat parties indefinitely after the council’s student leaders voluntarily decided to do so on Sunday evening, according to a statement from the school.

“Fraternity leaders will take this time to implement stronger health and safety plans,” the statement read. “No IFC-affiliated social events will resume until student leaders and Cornell staff are confident activities can take place responsibly and safely.”

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The university referenced two alerts from Cornell Police, with the first released on Friday alerting four incidents that took place between Sept. 24 and Nov. 3 in which students became incapacitated while attending parties, despite consuming little to no alcohol. Police believe that at least one person was exposed to Rohypnol, commonly known as “roofies,” which causes a loss of coordination and impaired mental function and is not approved for medical use in the United States, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A second alert from police on Sunday said someone reported to university police that he or she was sexually assaulted. The incident occurred sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Sunday while they were attending an event, according to police.

Police and school administrators are investigating both alerts. Anyone with information about these reported crimes has been asked to contact the school police at (607) 255-1111 or the Ithaca Police Department at (607) 272-3245.

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