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DENVER -- The University of Denver's Campus Safety office issued a warning to students to be on the lookout for potential instances of date rape after three recent reports of sexual assaults.

Officials say at least one of the cases may have involved a date rape drug.

All three assaults happened in neighborhoods near but off the school's campus.

According to the e-mail issued to students, the most recent incident of possible date rape took place on Sunday, in the 2000 block of S. University Blvd. The release indicated this most recent report mirrored two other recent reports.

"In all three cases, the victims have reported being at a bar in the DU neighborhood and then reported having memory loss which spans a couple of hours," the release read. "Memory loss is a symptom consistent with date rape drugs."

Any student with knowledge of these incidents is being urged to report that information to Campus Safety or the Denver Police Department.

Most date rape drugs are odorless, colorless and tasteless when mixed with a beverage, the safety notice indicated. They are often fast acting and leave little race after they are metabolized.

The Campus Safety notice ended with six tips to avoid date rape:

  1. Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know and trust, even if they bring it to you at a bar.
  2. Don’t leave drinks unattended and order a fresh drink if you do.
  3. If you begin to feel faint, get to a safe place and call 9-1-1.
  4. Party with friends; never leave a friend alone at a party/bar. Remember there is safety in numbers.
  5. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in a situation, leave immediately.
  6. If a friend starts to exhibit symptoms of date rape drug ingestion seek medical help immediately. Signs to look for include: dizziness and/or nausea, memory loss, breathing or motion difficulties, and acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.
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