Students hospitalized after college party

Rice University says alcohol was involved

HOUSTON - Eleven Rice University students were hospitalized after a party on campus.

Six ambulances were called to campus just after 12 a.m. Sunday when several students collapsed and passed out during a party.

The annual "Night of Decadence" party at Weiss College drew about 1,200 people.

It's unknown whether any of those hospitalized were underage, but school officials told Local 2 that it's a student-organized event and a security team comprised of students were in charge of checking identification, although some faculty members as well as officers from Rice University's Police Department were also on hand.

Rice University released this statement about the incident: "Houston Fire Department ambulances were called to assist with transporting 11 students who required medical attention due to alcohol consumption at a large party on campus. Alcohol abuse is a serious problem on college campuses across the country, and Rice has been extremely active in educating students about the dangers of abusing alcohol. We will continue our efforts to protect the health and safety of our students."

The conditions of students transported were not released.

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