Varsity ski trip: Three alleged spiking incidents reported at a single club
Students have also made complaints against staff at Le Malaysia in Val Thorens
There have been three formal reports of spiking by needle at a nightclub in Val Thorens, during this year’s Oxford and Cambridge Varsity ski trip.
According to the trip organiser NUCO Travel, the alleged victims were immediately removed from the venue and given medical care.
Le Malaysia, which has served as a venue for Varsity Trip club nights in previous years, did not respond to requests for comment.
These reports of spiking occurred on two separate occasions during the student ski trip, from December 4th to 11th.
The first event was Varsity’s high-demand Blues Bop on Tuesday night, for which £10 tickets were resold for up to £100.
The second was the Slipped Disc Final Night Party, during which NUCO again received several reports of guests being spiked by injection.
At the Blues Bop, students also reported being harassed and pushed down onto ice outside the club, by both security and locals.
Despite paramedics and medically certified members of NUCO being present, several students claimed they received no medical attention at the event.
Later on in the night, security was reported to have stopped checking whether all attendees had tickets for the event and that several guests were allowed into the venue without a pat-down search.
Because of the incidents from the Blues Bop, NUCO arranged a meeting with Le Malaysia club management, where Le Malaysia agreed to refuse entry to guests not on the Varsity trip before 1 am and to increase the presence of medically-trained NUCO staff on the final night.
However, these increased protective measures did not prevent further reports of spiking incidents. NUCO and the Varsity Trip committee again received several reports of two guests being spiked by injection.
NUCO was informed at 11.15 pm that a female student had potentially been spiked by needle, following which, stories were posted on the trip’s official Instagram and Facebook pages saying: “We have been made aware of a number of incidents of spiking tonight at Malaysia″ and that “we have increased door searches and have medical staff on hand.”
Oxbridge students on Facebook are currently gathering student testimonials to raise a formal complaint to NUCO.
Many students have expressed fear and outrage towards NUCO’s safety measures. Along with alleged spiking, there were also reports of mistreatment by club security.
Joe Hilton, the Varsity Trip Co-President, said that in the future, the trip organisers will ensure that security in the actual nightclubs will be increased, beyond NUCO and Varsity security.
NUCO Travel has been contacted for comment.
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