Cornell Suspends Frat Parties Following Reported Sex Assault, Druggings

By Jason Hall

November 8, 2022

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Cornell University has temporarily suspended all fraternity parties and social events after at least four students reported being drugged and one claimed to have been sexually assaulted at off-campus fraternity houses, NBC News reports.

The decision was made voluntarily by the school's Intrafraternity Council -- which oversees all IFC-recognized fraternities at the university -- following an emergency meeting with staff Sunday (November 6) night, Cornell University President Martha Pollock and Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi announced in a joint statement shared on the university's website Monday (November 7).

"Like you, we are outraged and saddened by the Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) crime alerts issued this weekend alleging the drugging of at least four students, and sexual assault of another student," the statement read. "These incidents reportedly occurred at off-campus residences affiliated with registered fraternities. We strongly condemn the actions of all individuals responsible for these criminal violations."

Cornell officials said fraternity leaders will work toward implementing stronger health and safety plans during the suspension period and that "no IFC-affiliated social events will resume until student leaders and Cornell staff are confident activities can take place responsibly and safely."

Additionally, the school said it will offer support services for all victims and others impacted by the incidents.

"We reiterate that Cornell must be a caring community where all students feel respected and safe," the statement read. "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. Our campus community is stronger together."

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