On October 1, 2019, Dr. Marina Adshade, a professor at the University of British Colombia, posted a tweet explaining that one of her students had been drugged at a bar over the weekend in Vancouver. Furthermore, she explained that there had also been six alleged victims of druggings at UBC frat parties over the same weekend, from September 27 to 29, 2019. "And people ask me why I am opposed to the frat houses?" Adshade’s tweet concludes.
In response, the University of British Colombia released a report explaining that UBC RCMP has opened an investigation on the matter. "To be clear, the information shared online is being taken very seriously and will be fully investigated," the report reads.
According to the Globe and Mail, fraternities at the University of British Columbia have since had all social functions suspended while UBC campus security and BC RCMP conduct investigations.
Dr. Marina Adshade followed her initial tweet with a second, explaining that "The RCMP is telling the media this is "uncommon", the hospital told the students that it was "common", other students are telling me it is "very common"." Contradictory information is circulating regarding the safety of fraternities and the frequency of druggings in these settings.
In UBC’s report on the matter, Ainsley Carry, Vice President of Students at the University, explained that UBC RCMP has not received any reports of druggings over the past weekend. That said, Adshade’s tweet explains that her student encountered six women who had been drugged at UBC fraternities while she was in the hospital after having been drugged herself.
The report released by the University continues to explain that UBC staff is in communication with the Interfraternity Council and will be speaking to the individual fraternities this week, as well. In response to Adshade's tweet, a former UBC student commented with the following:
"First year at UBC I was drugged at a frat party. I was okay and my friends took me to a safe place, but I distinctly remember being followed around by drunk frat boys looking to get some. My bad drinking from the punch bowl." On account of the sensitive subject matter, Narcity will not release this Twitter user's name.
Other users posted, expressing their concern on the matter.
"Count me among those wondering why UBC and other universities are so frequently in the position of having to react on the back foot to what should be wholly predictable and preventable outbreaks of — let’s not mince words — violence," wrote one user. Another user went as far as to say that "Fraternities should be banned in Canada. We don't need American traditions like that here."
According to a twitter response by Dr. Marina Adshade, her student was told at the hospital that the issue of drugging at frats is very common and has been happening “all month.”
There may be a discrepancy between the number of druggings taking place and the number of instances being reported. "Our first priority at this stage is to encourage anyone who has experienced or has information about the criminal behaviours described to call the UBC RCMP at (604) 224-1322, or 911, to report the incident," outlined the report from the University of British Columbia.
As of now, it is unclear how long UBC fraternities will be experiencing suspensions. There have been several instances of concerning fraternity behaviour in recent years. Though, every student and every university is drastically different in terms of culture and tradition. Regardless, it's important for all new students to stay education on who to contact if they or someone they know feels unsafe on campus.