Last week, we brought you the story of Rutgers Sigma Chi being accused of allegedly spiking the punch at a mixer with a sorority with Xanax.
According to documents obtained through the Open Public Records actby the Daily Targum, members of Sigma Chi allegedly used Xanax to drug members of a sorority during a mixer at the start of the 2017 Fall Semester.
The Targum filed the records request following the fraternity’s closure in November. At the time of the closure, no reasons were specified, but the fraternity was no longer authorized to display the organization’s letters or operate out of the fraternity house.
While the sorority’s name was redacted from the report, a source for the Targum said that it was Sigma Delta Tau that was at the mixer with Sigma Chi on the night in question.
via The Daily Targum:
At the start of the fall semester, she said Sigma Delta Tau, was invited to attend a mixer with Sigma Chi at one of the fraternity’s satellite houses.
“We used to mix with Sigma Chi a lot,” the source told The Daily Targum. “We had a lot of important mixers with them, like our big/little mixer, so as a sorority we were pretty comfortable with the fraternity. Then one night, at a mixer the weekend of Sept. 16, they put Xanax in the juice.”
The source said the brothers of Sigma Chi were the only ones who had access to the communal container of alcohol that night.
According to the written testimony, the mixer started out as a closed event between the fraternity and sorority. Around 11:30 p.m., Sigma Chi opened the event to the public, allowing approximately 100 people into the basement of the venue. In addition to a 30 pack case of Keystone Light, the fraternity reportedly provided an orange athletic container filled with a mixture of alcohol and fruit juice.
A number of women in Sigma Delta Tau mentioned this juice “tasting funny” and having a “chalky” texture, according to the report. Within the next few hours, individuals who had consumed as little as half a cup of the substance began reacting negatively to it.
While Rutgers University did not confirm the details for the Targum’s report, they did say in a statement that Sigma Chi has been suspended due to “policy violations.”
The national Sigma Chi organization responded to the allegations against the Rutgers chapter, releasing the following statement:
“All operations and activities of the chapter are terminated until August 2020, after which the national organization may consider establishing a chapter with new members, without the involvement of suspended members,” Rutgers University Spokesman John Cramer said in the statement, adding that officials found no evidence to support the drugging allegations.
“The suspension is unrelated to allegations that Sigma Chi members spiked punch with Xanax during a party in September 2017. The university’s student conduct and police investigations found no evidence to support those allegations,” the university said.
Rutgers Sigma Chi has been shut down until August 2020.