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Northwestern investigating possible ‘date rape drugs’, sexual assaults at frat house

EVANSTON,Ill. - Northwestern University has issued a security alert after several women claimed they were given a date rape drug at a fraternity house and then assaulted.

Northwestern is investigating, saying in a statement the alleged incidents go against the university’s values and are "grossly unacceptable." Northwestern says it is fully prepared to "take appropriate action" if necessary.

There are two alleged incidents involving five female students. On Jan. 21, four women who attended a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity party in Evanston may have been given date rape drugs, and two believe they were sexually assaulted.

On Feb. 2, another female student says she was sexually assaulted, and possibly drugged, after going to another Northwestern frat house. The fraternity is as yet unnamed, because it’s unclear where the assault happened.

Both reports were anonymously made to the university’s sexual harassment prevention office.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been involved in several high-profile scandals nationally. In 2015, an Oklahoma chapter was punished for recording members singing a racist song about lynching black people.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is doing it’s own investigation and issued a statement, saying in part:

"Any form of assault or sexual misconduct by anyone, brother or not, college man or not, is completely unacceptable, and we do not tolerate actions that are inconsistent with our mission."

Northwestern also issued a statement Tuesday:

"Northwestern University condemns any such conduct in the strongest possible terms and is expeditiously investigating these charges. They go against Northwestern values and constitute grossly unacceptable behavior. The University is fully prepared to take appropriate action promptly.

We urge anyone with relevant information to come forward and share it by contacting the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu or University Police, see http://www.northwestern.edu/up/about/contact/report-a-crime.html.

Northwestern works diligently to prevent sexual misconduct on our campus and to support our students when claims are made."