Miami University fraternity closes after alcohol abuse, hazing investigation

OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University’s Beta Theta Pi Fraternity closed its founding Alpha chapter Friday after an investigation into alcohol abuse, a pattern of misconduct and hazing.

International fraternity officials said they will work toward rebuilding the chapter during the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

The decision to close the Beta Theta Pi chapter was strongly endorsed by Miami officials. The university said on its website it has “zero tolerance for hazing and frequently educates students about personal responsibility, health and safety.”

University officials have been monitoring the chapter for several months and said they observed a pattern of irresponsible behavior and lack of leadership.

"Accountability and personal responsibility are core values at Miami, especially for those who lead student organizations,” Interim Dean of Students Mike Curme said. “We expect our Greek organizations to model these values and adopt the highest standards of leadership and behavior.”

The university said sophomore members living in the Beta chapter house must move back to campus due to the university's two-year residency rule. Upper class fraternity members have the choice of moving to campus or to other off-campus housing.

Miami University has more than 50 fraternity and sorority chapters comprising nearly 4,000 of its 15,000 undergraduate students.

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