Investigation into Date Rape Drugs at UCSB Fraternity
By edhat staff
UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) sent out a notice last week about two incidents involving date rape drugs at a fraternity event.
UCSB students received an email Friday from UC Police titled "Aggravated Assault Report" as a "Timely Warning regarding a pattern of crimes that occurred at fraternity events in Isla Vista."
The alert stated, "On October 17, 2019 the UCSB Clery Coordinator received a report of two incidents of the use of incapacitating agents ("date rape drugs") at a fraternity event in Isla Vista on October 5, 2019."
"Date rape drugs" generally refer to types of drugs that affect people very quickly causing them to become weak, confused, and pass out. The term is commonly used with a predator supplies the drug to a victim without the victims knowledge before a sexual assault. Victims commonly do not remember what happened when they were drugged. They can also cause seizures and even death.
The most common date rape drugs are flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), also called roofies; gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also called liquid ecstasy; and ketamine, also called Special K. These drugs may come as pills, liquids, or powders.
The email went on to state, "The use of these drugs is considered an aggravated assault, per the Clery Act. The Clery Coordinator has received information that additional incidents may have occurred at other fraternity events in Isla Vista. We are working with the university stakeholders to gather more information about these incidents."
The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. Campus officials are required to evaluate if there is a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community to determine if a timely warning needs to be issued to all staff and students. In the event of an immediate, significant danger to the health or safety campus community (e.g. weather, disease outbreak), campus officials may issue an emergency notification. This notification can include the entire campus, or be limited to a specific area deemed to be at risk, according to the Clery Center.
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, people should know what they're drinking, never leave a drink unattended, don't accept a drink from someone you don't know, and trust your instincts. Read more about their safety tips here.
If anyone has information that might assist in the investigation, or information about similar incidents, you're encouraged to contact the UCSB Police Department at 805-893-3446. A crime can also be reported anonymously at www.police.ucsb.edu/contact-us/report-crime