Fraternity Suspended After Date-Rape Drug Accusations

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Fraternity Suspended After Date-Rape Drug Accusations

By Victoria Kim 10/30/14

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Brown University has been suspended after two students claimed they were drugged and sexually assaulted.

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A fraternity at Brown University has been suspended after two students claimed they were given alcoholic drinks containing a date-rape drug at a party on Oct. 17. One of the students claimed she was sexually assaulted later that night.

Both students reported feeling symptoms consistent with consuming common date-rape drugs like Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine: “a rapid onset of intoxication out of proportion to what they may have had to drink, and reported memory loss for a significant period of time,” according to an email sent to the Brown community Friday by vice president for campus life and student services Margaret Klawunn, and executive vice president for planning and policy Russell Carey.

School officials are investigating the allegations and are reviewing the university’s policies for alcohol services at campus events. The Brown chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has been suspended by the school for hosting an unregistered event with alcohol present. In a letter to the campus newspaper The Brown Daily Herald, which was published on Tuesday, the fraternity said they were “shocked by the circumstances of the allegations.”

“Sexual assault and the use of illegal date-rape drugs number among the most heinous of crimes,” they said in the letter. “We are confident that in no way did any member of Phi Kappa Psi engage in or perpetrate such atrocious and criminal behavior.”

The university warned that those found responsible for sexual assault or the use of date-rape drugs would be expelled and could face criminal prosecution. Brown is one of 85 colleges in the United States that is under investigation by the federal Department of Education on its handling of sexual assault cases.

In February, two Brown football players were accused of raping a Providence College student in a campus dorm room. After a grand jury refused to indict the accused students, the alleged victim’s lawyer promised to take legal action.

And in April, a Brown student claimed she had been sexually assaulted and choked by another student, who denied the allegations, claiming he believed the sex was consensual. The accused student was given a one-year suspension, a punishment too lenient for the victim’s liking. She has since filed a federal complaint against the school in response.

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