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December 21, 2017
The University has become aware of anonymous reports of suspected use of drugs placed in drinks at bars or parties on or off-campus. In some instances, the reports allege possible sexual misconduct. The University is not aware of a pattern to these reports in terms of the locations or events where these incidents occurred. The reports have involved date situations, informal social gatherings, mixers, formal events, and local bars.
It is important to note that individuals are never responsible for an offender’s behavior. Drugs used for the purpose of incapacitating another person often have no color, smell, or taste, making it difficult to know that they are being used. Such drugs can make individuals weak, confused or even cause black outs. All genders can be drugged. If you go to a club, bar or party, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of date rape drugs including:
- Don’t accept an open drink from another individual, even if you know the person
- Keep your drink with you at all times
- Don’t drink from punch bowls or other containers that can be accessed by others, such as “bucket drinks”
- If your drink has been out of your possession for any period of time, dump it out.
As always, we encourage all students to remain vigilant and look out for one another. If you are aware of a situation as a bystander, we ask that you intervene and/or report the situation to the University. Emergency help is available by calling 911 or Department of Security and Safety at 315-229-5555.
As noted above, these reports generally have been made anonymously and/or only to a confidential resource, which limits the University’s ability to take responsive action. The University would like to have specific information in order to hold individuals responsible who have drugged the drinks of others. Anyone having information pertaining to any such incidents is encouraged to contact the Department of Security and Safety at 315-229-5555, Dean of Student Life Joe Tolliver, 315-229-5311, the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Cania, at 315-229-5656. A criminal report can be filed with the Canton Police Department by calling 315-386-4561 or 911.
Should a student wish to obtain support from a confidential resource, he/she can contact the University’s Counseling Center at 315-229-5392 or a student peer Advocate by calling 315-244-5466.
This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, and to alert the campus community of certain crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.