ECU investigating alleged drink tampering at fraternity house

Officials say it happened at the Theta Chi fraternity house.
ECU authorities are investigating allegations of drink tampering at the Theta Chi fraternity house.
Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 9:18 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - ECU authorities are investigating allegations of drink tampering at the Theta Chi fraternity house.

According to an ECU Alert sent Wednesday, the alleged tampering happened on September 24th, 26th, and 30th. All three victims claim they were given pre-poured drinks from someone.

“Some form of controlled substance was placed into beverages,” explained ECU’s police captain, Chris Sutton.

ECU police say the tampering is being investigated by the university’s judicial system.

Sutton says it was brought to the university’s attention by a third party. He said he can’t remember something like this happening recently.

For ECU student Becca Roberts, the accusations re-emphasize the need to be careful.

“Personally, I’ve been lucky enough where I haven’t been targeted or I haven’t had friends who have been targeted, but it’s very common on all campuses,” she said. “Especially as a female on campus, I think it’s really important for girls to stay safe.”

ECU police echo the same message.

“When you’re taking beverages...[don’t] take anything that you’ve not actually watched be poured or opened, so you don’t put yourself in a situation where you can be consuming something where you don’t actually know what’s in the drink,” said Sutton.

Theta Chi Fraternity says they have been made aware of the situation at ECU. “The Fraternity is in contact with university administrators and is gathering facts related to the allegations. Appropriate action will be taken upon completion of the investigation,” the Fraternity said in a statement.

Right now, there is no criminal investigation going on.

ECU officials say it is illegal for anyone to distribute food or drinks when that person knows it contains something harmful.

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