Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

All Fraternities Suspended At The Ohio State University

All Fraternities Suspended At The Ohio State University

Ohio State University has suspended fraternity activities citing investigations into hazing and alcohol abuse involving some chapters, joining a growing list of US schools that have taken similar steps.

This includes all social, recruitment and new member activities for Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters.

The University said it's been investigating 11 of the frats for violations since the beginning of the school year.

"The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk", he wrote. Isaacs said the majority of the incidents reviewed involved hazing or alcohol.

About 10 percent of men and 17 percent of women who attend Ohio State join Greek organizations, according to collegeboard.org, a non-profit organization that seeks to expand access to higher education. The culture- and service-oriented chapters of the Multicultural Greek Council are exempt from the suspension as well.

In a letter to all fraternity members Thursday, Ryan Lovell, the director of sorority and fraternity life, called the 11 investigations "an unacceptably high number".

The University of MI launched an investigation into fraternities on campus after the student-run Interfraternity Council last week voted suspend activities amid a slew of hazing and sexual misconduct allegations.

Pennsylvania State, Louisiana State, Florida State and Texas State universities all temporarily suspended Greek life this year following student deaths at fraternity events.

Drew Cooper, the president of the IFC at Ohio State, said the council plans to work toward a solution.

The suspensions at Ohio State seems to be the most aggressive move yet by a college to crack down on fraternity hazing.

And after a Penn State sophomore named Timothy Piazza, 19, died in February after a fraternity hazing event, university officials suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester.

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