Two of the five Wesleyan University students that were arrested after dealing a “bad batch” of the party drug Molly (or MDMA) on the Middletown, Connecticut campus have been “permanently dismissed” for their role in the drug-poisoning incident that led to 12 people being hospitalized the weekend of February 22nd. All five of the Wesleyan students that were arrested were immediately suspended; the remaining three students are still in the judicial process, the Wesleyan Argus reports.
While Wesleyan has not named the five students who were suspended by the school, police previously announced that Eric Lonergan, 21; Andrew Olson, 20; Zachary Kramer, 21; and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20 were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances among other drug-related counts.
Twelve people were hospitalized – including two in critical condition and two more in serious condition – when a “bad batch” of MDMA was distributed at a rave at the college’s Eclectic Society social house. It has been reported that Olson was the founder of Wesleyan’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy. It’s unclear which of the two students were “permanently dismissed” from Wesleyan.
“Wesleyan is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students can thrive,” Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley wrote in an e-mail. “The use of illicit drugs is clearly an unacceptable detriment to that environment, and our policies in this regard are firm and clear. Wesleyan’s Code of Non-Academic Conduct prohibits underage and unlawful possession, use, abuse, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Depending on the circumstances of a case, students who violate this policy may face a range of disciplinary actions, from being required to attend drug/alcohol education and counseling to suspension or expulsion.”
Whaley also acknowledged that the use of illegal drugs at the university is more frequent at Wesleyan than the national average among colleges. To combat that, the university announced they would assemble a task force to better strategize how to warn students about the dangers of drugs as well as devise “policy issues and education initiatives.” Wesleyan also recently hosted their first of three “Drugs, Harm, and the Campus” panel discussions.