CLINTON -- On the heels of reports of "date rape drugs" potentially being present in the campus community, a demonstration was held Friday on the Hamilton College campus where students and faculty stressed the importance of vigilance while out having fun.
More than 100 students gathered on the main quad of the campus to voice concerns about a number of campus safety issues including the reported drug-laced drinks.
"On Sunday, April 14, Campus safety received, nearly simultaneously, two reports from friends of students who said they had been given drinks laced with a date rape drug following their attendance at off-campus parties sponsored by Hamilton student organizations," reads a portion of an official statement from the college. "The next morning, Vice President and Dean of Students Terry Martinez notified the campus of the reports. She said the incidents were being investigated as criminal acts and that law enforcement was asked to be involved. She also provided precautionary steps students could take when attending a party or visiting a bar."
Hamilton College spokeswoman Vige Barrie said state police also were asked to investigate.
At Friday's demonstration, students took turns speaking about what could be done to keep each other safer -- things such as speaking up when they see a fellow student being bothered by another person -- and also what can be done to increase dialogue with college administration concerning campus safety issues.
"I think the concern is that people feel as if they are speaking but no one's listening," said senior Hannah Fink, who attended.
Fink, who is involved with the campus women's center was hopeful for more campus open dialogue opportunities.