At Least 7 Students Suspect They Were Drugged at Stanford Frat Event

By Victoria Kim 02/02/18
The students exhibited symptoms of consuming “Xanax or a similar benzodiazepine,” according to a memo sent by Pi Beta Phi.

More bad publicity for Greek life at Stanford University. Mercury News reported that several students who attended a fraternity open house in January suspect they were drugged with prescription benzodiazepines.

At least seven students—five women from the Pi Beta Phi sorority and two members of the men’s rowing team—reported blacking out at the event though they did not consume excessive alcohol. 

The students exhibited symptoms of consuming “Xanax or a similar benzodiazepine,” according to a memo sent by Pi Beta Phi. One of the rowers did test positive for benzodiazepines, but the memo states that “not all members took a drug test and we do not have official evidence” to support the allegations.

Another member of the rowing team was hospitalized as well, despite not drinking enough to cause alcohol poisoning.

The alleged drugging took place at a Sigma Chi event on Friday, January 12. According to The Stanford Daily, the fraternity recently was removed from probation, while the Pi Beta Phi sorority is currently on probation. On the following Saturday evening, Sigma Chi hosted another party with a different sorority, The Stanford Daily reported.

The incident is being investigated by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety and the school’s Title IX office, according to a university spokesman.

According to the memo issued by Pi Beta Phi, a Dartmouth College student “loosely affiliated” with the Stanford men’s rowing team is the chief suspect for the reported drugging. 

As of January 18, the suspect was banned from the Stanford University campus and any school properties.

Back in August 2016, the prestigious Silicon Valley university announced stricter rules regarding hard alcohol in an effort to tone down the school’s “party culture.” The rules prohibited undergraduate students from drinking hard alcohol at on-campus parties, according to CNN, but beer and wine were still allowed. In addition, the university limited the bottle size of hard alcohol kept on Stanford properties to no more than 750 milliliters.

This policy came two months after Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who became a convicted sex offender at the age of 20, was sentenced for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman after leaving a frat party. 

Though a prosecutor pushed for a six-year prison sentence, Turner was sentenced to six months for intent to commit rape. He walked free after just three months

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