By Simon Isham, Jacob Abrahamson, Olivia Krauth, David Cecil & Raquel Wolter–
Emergency Medical Services rushed five students to area hospitals last weekend, Sept. 19 – 21, after campus parties. EMS told police at least one student had been drugged while attending a fraternity party.
On Sun. Sept. 21, a woman from Unitas Tower was taken to the hospital after attending a fraternity party, according to police reports.
The student told police that prior to becoming ill early Sunday morning, she had been approached at the fraternity party by a white male with long, brown or blond hair, who was wearing a blue striped shirt. According to police reports, he had shown interest in her, which she rejected multiple times.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave the Dean of Students Michael Mardis permission to release the information that she had been ill with a virus and had a panic attack, causing the illness.
‘The toxicology reports stated that there were no drugs found in my system, and I was released,” continued the student’s statement. Police reports say she had not been drinking alcohol that night.
Major David James of ULPD said that the date rape drug of choice in Louisville, GHB, is the equivalent of 15 to 20 beers. GHB is detectable in a blood or urine test, which are separate from a normal toxicology test and have to be ordered specifically.
Early Sat. Sept. 20, three women and one man from Kurz Hall were taken to Norton and University Hospital’s ERs. Three were listed as intoxicated on police reports, and one woman was found unconscious in her room on her side, vomiting and unable to answer the door. It is believed that these four cases are related to each other.
ULPD Assistant Chief of Police Kenny Brown said that no arrests have been made in connection to the five incidents. He also said no assaults have been reported in connection.
“It is a little unusual, as far as what we have seen and what the Dean of Students has seen, in that nature and that many runs would be a little more than normal for sure,” said Brown on the high number of incidents. “Normal would probably be nothing.”
Brown said that ULPD has turned the investigation over to the Dean of Students office.
“The dean’s office is going to look at it administratively, if there was anything done out of the ordinary, and certainly if any of the students would want to pursue something, they could certainly do that. I think we could run (an investigation) jointly, but right now we do not really have a crime. We have some people who may have gotten — may have overindulged,” Brown said.
“If we get a situation where we think there is a Greek organization, or any University organization that is violating university policies, or jeopardizing the well-being of our students, we follow up with those organizations and try to gather more information,” said Mardis after being asked how allegations against Greek organizations are handled. Mardis added that his office also meets with chapter leadership and advisers.