Brown investigates after student tests positive for date rape drug

PROVIDENCE R.I. (WPRI) – Brown University has been conducting weeks of investigation after two students claimed memory loss after going to an on-campus fraternity party.

Those two female students were tested for a date rape drug and this weekend, Brown University confirmed one of the students tested positive for a date rape drug. On October 17th, two students reported having memory loss after drinking punch at a fraternity party on campus at the Sears House, home to Phi Kappa Psi.

Brown University emailed their students to inform them of the incident.

Freshman Camra Davis responded by saying, “I feel like anyone should be able to go and have those fun experiences without having to worry about getting drugged or assaulted.”

The campus-wide email confirms one of the students tested positive for Gamma Hydroxubutyrate (GHB) which the school calls a common date rape drug. The email reads “GHB is a colorless, odorless drug that can be hard to detect in a drink, but has a strong sedative effect that is incapacitating.”

Phi Kappa Psi wrote a letter to the Brown community in the school’s newspaper. It reads “We are confident that in no way did any member of Phi Kappa Psi engage in or perpetrate such atrocious and criminal behavior.” Also in the letter, Phi Kappa Psi acknowledges that school has suspended them from campus.

The university is still awaiting test results from the second student who reported memory loss.

Eyewitness News reached out to Brown University officials for comment, but they say they are communicating with students, but not are not doing interviews at this time.

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