University of Guelph entrance wallThe University of Guelph’s Campus Safety Office (CSO) and City of Guelph police issued public safety warnings this weekend following reports of students’ drinks being contaminated with unknown substances and large unofficial gatherings.

U of G’s CSO bulletins were also posted on campus and emails sent to students living in residence.

On Sept. 17, students reported that they believed that, unbeknownst to them, an unknown substance was placed in their drinks during an off-campus party. In August, two students reported to the CSO that they were feeling unwell after drinking substances outdoors on campus. Both incidents remain under investigation.

The University takes such situations seriously. We strive to provide living, working and learning environments that are safe, respectful and free of all acts of violence, including sexual violence.

Students are encouraged to be vigilant. If you believe that you have been victimized or have information to share about these incidents, please contact the CSO office at (519) 840-5000, Ext. 2000. Students should also download the free safety app “SafeGryphon” containing many safety features.

The CSO also reported large unofficial gatherings on campus this weekend that resulted in damage to University property and tickets being issued.

Such gatherings compromise health and safety. COVID-19 health and safety requirements must be followed always. This includes abiding by set limits for outdoor gatherings, physically distancing, and wearing a mask, including outdoors if you are unable to maintain two metres of distance from others.

As students continue to build connections with new friends, they are reminded to support and look out for one another. Avoid gathering in large groups and with unknown persons. Ensure interactions are respectful and demonstrate care. Please report all unwanted and inappropriate actions to the Campus Safety Office or Residence Life Staff.

As always, students who are feeling unwell should visit student health services. U of G also has a sexual violence support and education co-ordinator and other resources available to assist students. Support is also available 24 hours a day through the following services:

  • Women in Crisis phone line support: 1-800-265-7233
  • Guelph General Hospital support centre: (519) 822-5350, Ext. 2728
  • Campus Safety Office: (519) 840-5000, Ext. 2000
  • Emergency services by calling 911