UBC RCMP investigating drugging allegations at fraternities in Vancouver

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      An RCMP investigation is continuing into allegations that UBC students were drugged a Vancouver bar, and UBC fraternity social events have been cancelled.

      On October 1, economics professor Marina Adshade stated on Twitter that one of her students was hospitalized after allegedly being drugged in a Vancouver bar on September 27. She also claimed that there were six women with her who had been allegedly drugged at UBC fraternities.

      On October 2, the UBC Interfraternity Council (IFC), which governs 10 fraternities, announced in a statement that the IFC has been in contact with UBC and fraternity leadership about the drugging allegations.

      As a result, the IFC has suspended all social events.

      On October 4, UBC RCMP announced that they are continuing their investigation into allegations.

      UBC RCMP stated that they first became aware of a complaint made through social media before any victims or witnesses contacted them directly.

      University RCMP Sgt. Erik Baskette stated in a news release that the incident and allegations are criminal in nature.

      RCMP also stated that they will offer support and assistance through programs such as Victims Services.

      Investigators are seeking to speak with anyone who may have been a victim, a witness, or has information about this incident by contacting UBC RCMP at 604-224-1322.

      UBC vice-president of students Ainsley Carry issued a statement on October 4 that although he sent out an initial message, some students were concerned that it did not adequately emphasize support services for students.

      Consequently, Carry listed several services in his follow-up message, including the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre, the Independent Investigations Office, additional support for students and faculty, and information on date-rape drugs.