Six students arrested on drug charges

To: UCSC Community

From: Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway

It is deeply troubling to share news that six UC Santa Cruz students have been arrested on drug charges related to the possession for sale of large amounts of MDMA, commonly known as "Ecstasy."
The students, all of whom live off campus, were arrested by the Santa Cruz Police Department with the assistance of federal investigators from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service on Friday, March 4. Given the seriousness of the allegations, the university has placed these students on interim suspension pending the outcome of campus judicial proceedings overseen by student conduct officers. Disciplinary action, following appropriate due process, can include expulsion.
The students are affiliated with UC Santa Cruz chapters of the Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity and alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, and several hold leadership positions in the organizations, both of which have also been placed on interim suspension.
We hold our students to a high standard and care about the well-being of every member of our campus community. If you or someone you care about is having trouble with drugs or alcohol, please utilize the resources provided to students through the Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) program in the Cowell Student Health Center. For faculty and staff, assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program.