Campus security at the University of Manitoba issued a warning to staff and students Wednesday afternoon after an employee’s water bottle was tampered with.
Police are investigating what appears to be the “intentional” contamination of an employee’s personal water bottle with a noxious substance, according to an email sent through a student list serve. They suspect the tampering took place between May 9 and May 10.
A university spokesperson told the Winnipeg Free Press that the bottle was in “a place that wouldn’t have been available to just anybody.” The employee, who was not academic staff, sought medical help after noticing discoloration of the water in their personal bottle.
Students and staff have been advised not to leave their food and drink items unattended, and to report any suspicious activity to the university’s Security Services department.