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Northwestern University said in an emailed crime notice to the university community that it has received multiple reports in which individuals allege they were drugged without consent while attending recent gatherings at off-campus locations in Evanston.
At least one of the reports was associated with a gathering believed to be organized by Northwestern students, the notice said.
The notice said anyone with information regarding these reports or other incidents, should promptly contact the Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3456. In an emergency, please dial 911.
The notice advised students who suspect that they or a friend have symptoms that may indicate nonconsensual drugging to call 911 or go to the emergency room, where they can get medical attention and/or request a screening for nonconsensual drugging. Signs of drugging can be similar to overconsumption. Signs or symptoms usually begin within 15 to 30 minutes of ingesting the substance, the notice said.
In September, another crime notice email alerted students that individuals reported they were drugged at two fraternity houses. Those incidents, which prompted student protests, have been under investigation.
In the Oct. 29 crime notice, the university also said that assistance is available for those who may need help processing news of these reports. Assistance is available at Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Assistance and Support Services, Religious and Spiritual Life, Employee Assistance Program, University Health Service, Evanston Hospital or any medical provider, the notice said.
For information on security policies, crime prevention programs and crime statistics, review the Northwestern University Annual Security Report.
Sources: Northwestern University, Roundtable archives