Cornell fraternity parties banned after reported incidents

Cornell University announced on Monday that it was suspending fraternity parties after students reported being drugged and a student allegedly sexually assaulted at an off-campus residence hall, school officials said. .

School president Martha E. Pollack and Ryan Lombardi, the vice president of student and campus life, addressed the suspension in a letter to students Monday.

Student leaders from the school’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), which governs IFC-recognized fraternities at the university, decided to suspend fraternities Sunday during an emergency meeting.

On Friday, Cornell University police issued a crime alert saying that between September 24 and November 3, there were four incidents in which students claimed to have drunk very little or no alcohol , but got weak on fraternity nights and said they were “covered up.” “

The entrance to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on October 18, 2020.

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“Fraternity leaders will take this time to implement stronger health and safety plans,” Pollack and Lombardi wrote. “No IFC-affiliated social events will resume until student leaders and Cornell staff are confident that activities can be conducted in a responsible and safe manner.”

Cornell police say in a second crime alert, someone reported being sexually assaulted at an off-campus location on Sunday.

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating the incident, according to Cornell Police.

Ithaca Police did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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