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Mizzou Frat Allegedly Gave Pledges Date Rape Drugs As Part of Initiation

The University of Missouri’s Delta Upsilon fraternity is in hot water after the school’s Title IX office received several stories from students about members giving pledges drugs they could use to “incapacitate and sexually assault women,” the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. Yes, that means the frat was allegedly giving out roofies as part of their pledging process. Does Mizzou’s DU chapter ring a bell? That’s because back in September it was suspended because members shouted racist and sexist slurs at black students from the Legion of Black Collegians. Yeah, this fraternity is full of upstanding young gentlemen.

MU Title IX administrator Ellen Eardley contacted the Delta Upsilson chapter through a letter, writing, “Active members of the Delta Upilson fraternity allegedly provided each new member with three pills and instructed them to drug women for the purpose of incapacitating them prior to engaging in sexual activity.”

In response to the possibility of using these drugs, police have at least two open investigations regarding “date rape” drugs. Although nothing has been said about those specific cases, the chapter was linked to two incidents earlier this semester involving underage drinking and a confused 18-year-old woman who didn’t know who made her drinks at a DU party or if she had had sex that night. 

The DU chapter supposedly responded to these reports with a now deleted tweet suggesting that they’re not too shaken about the police attention.

Mizzou’s DU section isn’t even the only chapter linked to harmful behavior. DU fraternities at Swarthmore College and Washington State University both had their reputations affected by similar incidents, with Washington State even suspending its chapter after a claim of assault and a case of alcohol poisoning at the frat house, Jezebel points out.

In the long run, the DU fraternity faces no longer being recognized by Mizzou, meaning that the group would no longer have school space for functions and wouldn’t be able to participate in schoolwide events, according to ABC 17. However, the fraternity would eventually have the chance to appeal or reapply for acceptance.

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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