Cornell Halts Fraternity Parties After Alleged S*xual Assault And Druggings

Cornell University said in a statement on Monday that all fraternity parties and social events would be put on hold for the time being. This came after the school’s Police Department heard over the weekend that one student had been s*xually assaulted and at least four others had been drugged at off-campus homes connected to fraternities registered with the school.

According to the statement, the move was made after the Interfraternity Council, which is in charge of fraternities at Cornell, held an emergency meeting with staff on Sunday. The Cornell police said on November 4 that they knew of at least four students who said they had been drunk at parties off-campus in the past few weeks even though they had not drunk much or any alcohol. The students told the police that they had been “exposed to Rohypnol,” which is known as the “date-rape drug.”

Cornell Halts Fraternity Parties After Alleged Sexual Assault
Cornell Halts Fraternity Parties After Alleged Sexual Assault

The police said that at 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, another student told them that they had been s*xually assaulted at another home in the city. Cornell did not say who any of the victims were or what gender they were. The university’s president, Martha E. Pollack, and the vice president of student and campus life, Ryan Lombardi, signed a statement that said, “Police and Cornell administrative investigations are underway.” “Everyone who is found to be at fault will be held responsible.”

The Ithaca Police Department said in a statement that the s*xual assault claim was being looked into. When asked about the alerts, neither the Cornell Police Department nor the Interfraternity Council had anything to say. Cornell, whose main campus is in Ithaca, New York, has had to deal with s*xual assaults, just like many other schools across the country. According to data from the New York State Department of Education from 2018, the university had more s*xual assaults in the first five months of 2018 than any other college or university in the state. In 2020, there were four times as many s*xual assault reports at this school as at any other school in the state.

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In a survey of 2,300 students at all of the university’s campuses in the state in 2021, 44% said they had experienced “one or more specific forms of harassment.” This was down from 50% in a survey done in 2019.

In 2017, a former fraternity president at the school pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor s*x charge and was given six years of probation. Wolfgang Ballinger, who led the school’s Psi Upsilon chapter as fraternity president, was accused of locking a woman in his bedroom in 2016 and trying to have a s*xual act with her against her will. Fraternities at Cornell have also been known to do hazing for a long time.

In 1873, the university was where the first known death caused by hazing at a fraternity in the United States was reported. Twenty years later, New York passed what is thought to be the first state law against hazing in the United States.

This week, it was announced that fraternity events will be put on hold. This comes three years after an 18-year-old student from Miami, Antonio Tsialas, was found dead at the bottom of a ravine after leaving a party at Phi Kappa Psi. Later, the university found the fraternity guilty of hazing and punished 39 students who were involved with the party.

George Desdunes, another student, was found dead the morning after a hazing ritual in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in 2011. After being banned for 10 years, the fraternity is back on campus this spring.

Cornell Frat Parties Suspended After Students Reported Sex Assault, Druggings

Officials at Cornell University said Monday that frat parties were canceled after at least four students said they were given drugs and one said they were s*xually assaulted at fraternity-related off-campus houses. In a joint statement, university President Martha Pollock and Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi said that the school’s Interfraternity Council made the decision on its own after an emergency meeting on Sunday. The announcement came three days after the school’s police department said in a statement that it had been told of four incidents from Sept. 24 to Nov. 3 in which students said they drank little or no alcohol at parties but became “incapable.
Cornell Halts Fraternity Parties After Alleged Sexual Assault

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