NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - An alert at Old Dominion University has students looking out for each other.
Campus police say they arrested two students for their roles in reported sexual assaults. Police say the alleged assaults happened Sunday on the Old Dominion Campus.
A school spokesperson says the two suspects are Reid Evans and Jack Ly. Evans is a member of the ODU football team . Both men face two counts of rape, sodomy, abduction, conspiracy to commit sodomy and conspiracy to commit abduction.
Both are being held in jail in Norfolk. They will make their first court appearance Monday.
The two victims are not ODU students, according to the school spokesperson.
Police say they received multiple reports of sexual assaults and that victims believe they were targeted with date rape drugs. The victims told police they couldn't remember parts of the night and their drunken state didn't match up with the number of drinks they had consumed.
Students and faculty learned of the allegations from a University-wide email alert around 10:30 p.m. Friday night. The news spread quickly through campus.
"I'm surprised, but, at the same time, I'm not. When people drink a lot, that does tend to happen on college campuses," said Alicia Huther, a rising junior at ODU. "I'm going to keep watch out for my friends now that there are reports of it."
The victims told police they were drugged and taken advantage of in one of the residence halls. Police will not say which dorm they are investigating.
"Im not really surprised," said Michael Lipscomb, a rising senior. "I mean, drugs are pretty prevalent around here."
Lipscomb acknowledges drugs are common, but also credits the school for cleaning up crime.
"It was pretty bad when I first came to ODU, but it's definitely improved," he said.
ODU police say this is the first time anyone has reported being a victim of a date rape drug on campus.
The email alert explains the drugs' effects and asks students to watch their drinks and watch out for each other.
If you believe you were a victim, or if you have any information, ODU police ask you to call them at 757-683-4000.
Confidential support is available at the Women's Center, located at 1000 Webb Center on campus. For more information, you can call the Women's Center at 757-683-4109.
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