Cornell Pauses Fraternity Parties After Reports Of Assault, Drink-Spiking

Cornell University Police Department issues crime alerts warning of dangerous campus activity
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At a glance

  • Students at Cornell University reported instances of spiked drinks and sexual assault over the weekend, prompting the university to temporarily cancel fraternity parties and social events.
  • The Cornell University Police Department sent out crime alerts, “alleging the drugging of at least four students, and sexual assault of another student” at campus fraternity houses.
  • In a letter to the school community on Tuesday, Cornell President Martha Pollack and Vice President of Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi wrote, “We must all remain firm in our conviction that this behavior must be eradicated from our community, whether or not we – or our organizations – were directly involved. We encourage you to take time to connect with and reach out to your community of friends and peers to ask for and offer support as needed.”

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