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Two students expelled following Wesleyan 'molly' overdoses

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Following a massive drug overdose that made national headlines, two students have been expelled.

Twelve students were hospitalized from “molly” overdoses at Wesleyan University in Middletown earlier this year. They happened during a February party on campus, according to police.

In the aftermath of the incident, the university said they've been repeatedly asked about what it's doing to combat problems like this.

Monday night, it provided some answers.

Students said it was just one of a few recent incidents that badly damaged the reputation of the school.

"Whenever I say I'm from Wesleyan and if it's someone who saw that headlines they're going to go ‘oh, you're from that drug school,'" said Andrew Eom, a Wesleyan student.

In the days that followed the incident, five students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the overdoses.

Now, the school said two of them were expelled.

It said the judicial process is continuing for the remaining three, who are currently suspended.

"Keeping them would also make the college look bad because it's saying ‘oh we're fine with students doing drugs,'" Eom said.

In a statement, Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley said in part “Wesleyan is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students can thrive. The use of illicit drugs is clearly an unacceptable detriment to that environment, and our policies in this regard are firm and clear. Now the campus is hosting a three-part serious called ‘drugs, harm and the campus.”

"Drugs are not a good thing so it's definitely crucial that the school puts their attention to it,” Eom said. “So I think it's a great idea to have that forum."

The university said it is also putting together a task force to look at what else it can do to curb any drug problems.

The group would be asked to give recommendations by the end of the fall semester.

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