SECURITY ALERT - Off-Campus Sexual Assault

On Monday, 11/16/15, The Graduate Center’s Title IX Coordinator and Director of Public Safety were informed of an off-campus sexual assault involving two Graduate Center students.  The female student reported that a male student drugged and sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated.  The identity of the male student is unknown to the Graduate Center administration at this time so it has been determined that this constitutes a serious and continuing threat per the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requiring this timely warning to the community.   
 
For your information, so-called “date rape” drugs include Rhohypnal, GHB and Ketamine:
 

  • Rohypnol - comes in a pill form that that dissolves in liquids. Some are small, round, and white. Newer pills are oval and green-gray in color. When slipped into a drink, a dye in these new pills makes clear liquids turn bright blue and dark drinks turn cloudy. But this color change might be hard to see in a dark drink, like cola or dark beer, or in a dark room. Also, the pills with no dye are still available. The pills may be ground up into a powder.
 
  • GHB – comes in several different forms: a liquid with no odor or color, white powder, and pill. It might give your drink a slightly salty taste. Mixing it with a sweet drink, such as fruit juice, can mask the salty taste.
 
  • Ketamine - comes as a liquid and a white powder.
 
Statistics have shown that most victims are given drugs by someone they thought they knew well enough to trust.  This alert serves as a reminder that you should always be aware of your surroundings.   When you are out with someone you do not know very well, be wary of them buying or preparing a drink for you.  Watch bartenders make your beverage and be sure no one else touches it before you do.  Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.  If you realize you left your drink unattended, pour it out.  If you feel drunk and have not drunk any alcohol — or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual — get away as quickly and safely as you can.  If you think you have been drugged and/or assaulted call 911 or have a trusted friend take you to a hospital emergency room so you can get medical attention.
 
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.  Please contact the Director of Public Safety at 212-817-7761 or jflaherty@gc.cuny.edu if you have any information concerning this or similar incidents. Additional information on Title IX and sexual assault awareness can be found at http://www.gc.cuny.edu/TitleIX and http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/campus/the-graduate-center/

Submitted on: NOV 19, 2015

Category: Security