First-year student death, student allegations of drugging and sexual violence at Western

September 14, 2021
Western University has launched an investigation into reports of drugging and sexual violence at its Sydenham Hall residence after students. The allegations reportedly began to circulate over the weekend on social media, mainly through Tik Tok. Western officials and the London Police Service have opened investigations, although both stated that they have not received formal complaints related to the allegations. Formal complaints related to separate sexual violence incidents were received over the past week, reports CBC, and resulted in arrests. “We are actively investigating reports from this weekend and have taken some immediate steps to ensure student safety, including an increased presence of special constables on campus and an increased presence of staff and security in the residences,” said Western AVP of Housing and Ancillary Services Chris Alleyne. The London Free Press also reports that a London man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of first-year student Gabriel Niel. Niel was assaulted near campus at approximately 2 AM Saturday morning. (ON) CBC (1) | CBC (2) | CTV News | City News (CP) | London Free Press (1) | London Free Press (2) | MSN | London Police