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Northwestern Investigating Reports Of Date Rape Drugging & Sexual Assault

By Stephen Gossett in News on Feb 7, 2017 3:27PM

Northwestern University, via Wikimedia Commons

Northwestern University is investigating two separate reported instances of sexual assault related to fraternities, in which as many as five women may have been given a date rape drug and three women reported being sexually assaulted.

The university's Sexual Harassment Prevention Office received a report on Thursday that four women who attended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on Jan. 21 were possibly given a date rape drug, according to a security alert released by Northwestern on Tuesday morning. Two of the students believe they were the victims of sexual assault, according to the report.

Northwestern also received an anonymous report alleging that a female student was sexually assaulted, "possibly involving use of a date-rape drug," after visiting a frat house in Evanston, according to the alert. The location of the most recent assault is not clear in the report, the university said.

Northwestern asks anyone with knowledge of the assaults to contact the Title IX Coordinator at or call University Police at (847) 491-3456.