Cornell Halts All Frat Parties After Reports of Drugged Drinks
The president of Cornell University in Ithaca has announced that fraternity parties are being suspended following allegations that at least four students had been drugged.
Martha Pollack issued a statement to Cornell students on Monday indicating she is "outraged and saddened" by the crime alerts issued by university police after the reported incidents.
Pollack also noted an alleged sexual assault of another student was being investigated.
The president's statement said "as a result of these disturbing reports," the council that governs Cornell fraternities has temporarily suspended all parties and social events sponsored by the organizations.
Pollack said the student leaders of the Interfraternity Council made the decision Sunday evening after an emergency meeting with Cornell staff. She said fraternity leaders "will take this time to implement stronger health and safety plans."
The reported incidents occurred at off-campus residences affiliated with Cornell registered fraternities.
Cornell University police have said four people who apparently consumed drug-laced drinks became incapacitated while attending parties between September 24 and November 3.
Investigators believe the incidents involved Rohypnol - or "roofies" - being added to the drinks.
According to Pollack, "all found responsible will be held accountable."
People with information about the incidents may contact the Cornell University police department at (607) 255-1111.
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