Cornell Suspends Fraternity Events After Drugging and Sexual Assault Incidents

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has temporarily suspended all fraternity parties and social events. The ban was issued after the alleged drugging of at least four students, and the sexual assault of another student. These incidents reportedly occurred at off-campus residences affiliated with registered fraternities.

Student leaders of the Interfraternity Council made this decision voluntarily after an emergency meeting with staff. Fraternity leaders now will implement stronger health and safety plans. No IFC-affiliated social events will resume until student leaders and Cornell staff are confident activities can take place responsibly and safely.

Martha E. Pollack, president of Cornell University, said in a statement issued to the campus community “that Cornell must be a caring community where all students feel respected and safe. 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.”

Filed Under: Sexual Assault/Harassment


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