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Cornell cancels fraternity parties and social events after allegations of sexual abuse and drugged drinks

Cornell cancels fraternity parties and social events after allegations of sexual abuse and drugged drinks



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Cornell University has suspended all fraternity parties and social events after campus police issued warnings about an alleged sexual assault and at least four alleged drug-related incidents at an off-campus location, university officials said.

The university said ua letter on Monday to students that the incidents “allegedly occurred at off-campus residence halls associated with registered fraternities.”

The school’s interfraternity council made the decision to voluntarily end parties and other social events Sunday night after an emergency meeting with staff, University President Martha E. Pollack and Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and student life, wrote.

“No social events associated with IFC will resume until student leaders and Cornell staff are confident that the activities can take place responsibly and safely,” Pollack and Lombardi wrote, adding that they “fully support this necessary pause.”

Cornell campus police issued a crime warning Friday about at least four alleged incidents involving drugged drinks between Sept. 24 and Nov. 3, “in which students reported consuming little or no alcohol at an off-campus location but becoming incapacitated while attending parties.”

A second warning was issued Sunday after an individual reported to campus police that he was sexually assaulted between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. while attending an off-campus event. The Ithaca Police Department is investigating the alleged crime, Cornell police said.

CNN has reached out to the Ithaca Police Department for comment.



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