2 Wesleyan students expelled following Molly drug arrests

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Posted: Apr 13, 2015 5:27 PM

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Two of the five Wesleyan University students arrested in an investigation into a rash of on-campus drug overdoses have been expelled.

The judicial process is continuing for the other three students, who are suspended, according to a campus-wide letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley on Monday.

A dozen people were hospitalized one weekend in late February after taking a drug that was presented as Molly, a popular name for the euphoria-inducing stimulant MDMA. Two students were airlifted to a hospital and came close to death although all eventually recovered.

Whaley, in his letter, said the private liberal arts university of 3,200 students is looking into possible changes to campus drug policies. A task force of students, faculty members and others will explore the issues and gather data before presenting recommendations before the end of the fall term, he said.

Surveys have shown that rates of illegal use of drugs other than marijuana are only slightly higher than the national average for colleges, according to Whaley, who said the university has been addressing drug violations.

"Still, much as we may deplore exaggerations in the media, it's clear that the problem of illicit drug use, which exists on campuses across the country, exists here as well," he said.

A student center on campus is hosting a three-part series entitled "Drugs, Harm, and the Campus."