University Reports Sexual Assault and Drink Spiking Incidents

The University received reports of a sexual assault incident October 28 and seven instances of suspected spiked drinks since late September, per an email.


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By Kayla Rubenstein

Content Warning: This articles mentions sexual assault and drink spiking.

This afternoon, the University announced in an email that an undergraduate student had reported being sexually assaulted in an unspecified dorm on campus on October 28 after their drink had been drugged at a party that night. The email, which came from Associate Vice President for Safety & Security Eric Heath and Dean of Students in the University Michele Rasmussen, also revealed that the University had received six other reports from undergraduates who suspected that drugs had been slipped into their beverages at parties since late September. 

The University of Chicago Police Department’s incident log notes that the assault was reported on Wednesday and had been referred to the University’s Title IX coordinator. As of today, the log also states that UCPD is not conducting an investigation.

Under Illinois law, tampering with a person’s food or drink in a way that causes “great bodily harm” is considered a Class 2 felony, which mandates a three-year minimum prison sentence. Additionally the possession of many date rape drugs is illegal under Illinois and Federal law.

Laura Gersony and Milutin Gjaja contributed reporting.