THE UNIVERSITY of Chichester has suspended a student arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.
Three students were hospitalised after taking a drug it is believed they bought off the internet.
Vice chancellor professor Clive Behagg said: “These three students are incredibly lucky to have survived this experience.
“They owe their lives to the intervention of the university support staff, the police and paramedic services, and the skills of the medical teams at St. Richard’s, for which I am deeply grateful.”
The three men aged 21, 20 and 18 were taken to hospital on Saturday. They lived in university accommodation at St Christopher’s Close, just off Fishbourne Road East.
Police have arrested the 21-year-old and are waiting to talk to the other two when they have made a better recovery.
A university spokeswoman confirmed the student who had been arrested was subsequently suspended from his studies at the university for misconduct and the remaining two students would be subject to disciplinary action once they were well.
“The university will take steps to ensure that all students understand the lessons from this regrettable incident,” she said.
The 21-year-old has been bailed by police until July 12.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession and supplying of class A drugs, as well as possession of class B drugs and permitting the use of premises for supplying class A drugs.
The university spokeswoman added: “The university prohibits the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs on its property and expects the conduct of its students to be within the law.
“The university continues to work with the police to ensure the safety and welfare of its students.”
Detective Constable Ceri Spratt said: “These drugs are illegal and potentially lethal.
“We would urge people not to buy drugs from the internet, even so-called legal highs, and if anyone has information about the supply of these drugs to contact us immediately. If you or anyone are suffering from the effects of any drug please seek medical help immediately.”