‘At Least Four Incidents’ of Drinks Apparently Containing Drugs Reported to Cornell Police This Fall


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Police have received reports of “at least four incidents” between September 24 and November 3 “in which students reported consuming little or no alcohol at an off-campus location, but became incapacitated attending parties,” according to an alert issued by the Cornell University Police Department Friday night.

Police say the complainants believe they were exposed to Rohypnol, or “roofies”.

“Cornell Police strongly believe that crime is never the fault of the victim,” the CUPD noted in its alert, but provided some suggestions “to help members of the Cornell community.”

  • If possible, look at how your drink is made. Cover your drink and never leave it unattended.
  • Use the buddy system and attend events with friends.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable or safe, take steps to remove yourself from the situation.
  • If you think you have ingested an altered substance, call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital immediately for an examination.
  • Reporting to law enforcement is encouraged by calling 9-1-1 or through the Rave Guardian app.

Cornell Police said they and the Ithaca Police Department are investigating. “Cornell Police can be contacted at (607) 255-1111 and by the RAVE Guardian app. The Ithaca Police Department can be reached at (607) 272-9973.”

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