Fraternity Accused of Spiking Drinks With Date Rape Drug

Fraternity Accused of Spiking Drinks With Date Rape Drug

By McCarton Ackerman 09/22/14

Police investigated the Tau Kappa Epsilon house at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after three women were hospitalized.

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A fraternity at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has come under fire for allegedly slipping date rape drugs into drinks at a party last weekend.

One member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was arrested and faces possible charges while the investigation is still ongoing. A search warrant was executed last Tuesday by campus police. The party at the frat house ended with three women and one man being taken to a hospital for protective custody, while several others were either severely intoxicated or blacked out.

"We are deeply concerned about these allegations because the safety of our students is our No. 1 priority," said UWM spokesman Tom Luljak. "Our police are aggressively pursuing this investigation to determine exactly what happened and who may be involved."

Index cards were being sold for $8 that provided drinks and all access to the house, but were only available for women. Several women found by campus police at the party had blood alcohol levels of more than double the legal limit.

When police arrived at the scene on the night of the party, forty-two underage students were found drinking in a basement. Several women who attended the party claimed that drinks were being mixed with a date rape drug and that cups were being moved under the bar while the drinks were made. When one girl tried to go behind the bar to pour herself a drink, she was physically removed from the party.

The university has since suspended its relationship with the fraternity until the investigation is completed. Members of the fraternity have so far declined to comment on the incident.

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