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'Appalling and senseless': Miami responds to report of violence at off-campus fraternity house

Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:44:07-04

OXFORD, Ohio — Miami University officials called a report of a violent off-campus altercation at a fraternity house over the weekend "appalling and senseless" in a new statement Tuesday, and they vowed to hold any students involved accountable.

According to the statement from VP of Student Life Jayne Brownell citing an Oxford police report, a group of students approached the Theta Chi fraternity house on North Bishop Street and allegedly assaulted multiple residents at the house.

"The reported violence is appalling and senseless," Brownell wrote. "We hold all of our students to very high standards of conduct. Violence has no place in our community and the University has a long history of holding both individual students and organizations accountable for their actions."

The Oxford Police Department began investigating the incident Monday and has not yet made any arrests, and Miami will conduct its own investigation once the police investigation is completed, according to Brownell.

"If those responsible are identified as Miami students, they will face suspension or dismissal," Brownell said.

Anyone who has information regarding the attack on the Theta Chi house is asked to call Oxford Police at (513) 524-5240) or Miami's Office of Community Standards (513) 529-1417, or email

WCPO has reached out to Oxford police for more information and has not heard back.