A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee frat, Tau Kappa Epsilon, is currently under investigation for allegedly slipping date rape drugs into the drinks of numerous attendees at a party on September 12.
Authorities were called to a nearby residence hall three times between midnight and 2 a.m. on Saturday. Three students showed high levels of intoxication, not being able to stand or walk and heavily slurring their words. A breath test on one of the women revealed her BAC to be .2, and another woman had a BAC of .225. Those women, one other and one man were taken to the hospital following the party. They claimed to experience “a weird feeling and sensation” right before blacking out. All four of them had attended the party at TKE earlier that night.
Students were sold all-you-can-drink index cards for $8, however, these cards were “only for sale to females and ‘you had to be hot’ to get one.” Students were either marked with a red or black “X.” The three “severely intoxicated” women all had a red “X” on their hands. While the man who was hospitalized had a black “X” on this hand, he reportedly drank from the cup of a female friend with a red “X.” Authorities speculated that those with a red mark on their hands were the recipients of the allegedly spiked drinks.
Victims reported fraternity members would hide the drinks under the bar while making them, and that some of the drinks appeared to be “cloudy.” Another girl reported that when she went behind the bar to mix her own drink she was physically removed by one of the fraternity members. Rohypnol, or “roofies,” is the drug that authorities suspect was used. It is a tasteless and odorless drug that is known to cause disorientation and memory loss.
So far, one student has been arrested: the President of the Fraternity, who also had his membership revoked. Fraternity members have declined to comment.
This is not the first time that Tau Kappa Epsilon has been under investigation. Last year, the fraternity was investigated in connection with three sexual assault reports; however, there are no filed charges.
The fraternity is currently suspended while the investigation takes place. In addition, UWM has also suspended the fraternity’s affiliation with the school during the investigation.
This incident brings to light a very real issue: Date rape and sexual assault are now considered a crisis on the nation’s college campuses, according to the White House. There shouldn’t be a question of why they were drugged; the woman chosen all had to be a certain level of attractiveness. Regardless, police suspect that the frat members were not trying to drug the women just to stare at them.
Admittedly, schools are doing much more nowadays to try and prevent instance of sexual assault and date rape, and provide support to those who have experienced such abuse. However, this is becoming a much more prominent issue, especially on college campuses, as students make their concerns heard. Incidents like the one at TKE demonstrate that despite the White House Task Force and concerned focus, there is a lot of work left to do.