COLUMBIA, Missouri — A scandal-plagued fraternity at the University of Missouri has been investigated for allegedly handing pledges date rape drugs and teaching them how to use them.
The troubling allegation against the Delta Upsilon fraternity comes a month after the Greek organization was suspended on campus following an episode in which some of its members were accused of yelling racial slurs at black students.
That has led other students to come forward to the school’s Civil Rights and Title IX office to report various accounts over the past 15 months of underage drinking, hazing rituals and — most alarmingly — the alleged use of date rape drugs.
“Active members of delta upsilon fraternity allegedly provided each new member with three pills and instructed them to drug women for the purpose of incapacitating them prior to engaging in sexual activity. it has been alleged that new members are required to engage in such conduct in order to complete the initiation process,” read documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune.
The documents contain reports from police and the school’s department of student life, including claims from women who believed they were drugged. In one account, a woman who was discovered without pants in a residence hall with feces smeared on the wall near her, said she had been drinking at Delta Upsilon. But her friends said she had been acting strangely and believed she may have been drugged.
Delta Upsilon’s national office called the allegations about the use of date rape drugs”deeply concerning but said they were “unsubstantiated.” It noted that no formal charges have been brought against the chapter or that no reports of sexual assault had surfaced.
“Such rumors are disgusting and egregious,” the national office said in a statement.
The group said the only active investigations against the chapter revolve around the late September incident in which racial slurs were used and earlier alcohol violations that involved two other fraternities. “Delta Upsilon is working closely with the university to investigate these alleged incidents,” the statement read.