The Maneater

Column: Rohypnol-what it is and why we need to stop it

The drug that needs to be stopped, and fast.

Rachel Schnelle is freshman journalism major at MU. She is an opinion columnist who writes about campus-wide problems for The Maneater.

The date rape drug Rohypnol has made an appearance in fraternity houses nationwide since the late ‘90s. This sometimes green-blue colored tablet has caused college students to fall victim to sexual assault, along with no recollection of what happened to them. The grotesque idea of drugging college students has become a large problem, and not just in large campuses such as MU.

Studies show that about one in 13 college students report being drugged, and 79 percent of those students were female. Additionally, while the more commonly known drugs used to spike someone’s drink is Rohypnol, xanax, ecstasy, and cocaine can also be used. A recent survey of 6,000 college student from three American universities found that nearly 8 percent of the 6,000 thought they’d been slipped a drink with something in it.

In the fall semester of 2016, the MU fraternity Delta Upsilon was suspended by the fraternity’s International Board of Directors for providing “date rape” drugs to the pledges to give to potential visitors of the house. The house has since been sanctioned off campus, as a result of not only the distribution of date rape drugs, but also as a result of racial slurs.

While in the past fraternities at MU have been kicked off of campus for slipping drugs into college girls’ drinks, roofying is still happening at MU. Just since classes have begun another fraternity on campus has been accused of roofying a girl’s drink. If a house has been kicked off for this very action, something needs to be done structurally immediately to prevent it from happening again.

Why has nothing been done to permanently stop the drugging and sexual assault of college students? Has nobody realized that this is a big problem that must be stopped? If the chapters themselves have not begun preventative measures, then the Interfraternity Council is to blame. The IFC could attempt to replicate the rules that the PHA abides by; PHA does not allow most sororities to host parties in the houses with alcohol. While we cannot completely eliminate partying in fraternities as a whole, we can work towards a safer campus. A way we can start this is to reduce the amount of alcohol allowed at parties, which will in turn hopefully reduce the crime of anybody getting roofied at parties.

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