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Miami University suspends all frat activity after reports of hazing

Miami University suspends all frat activity after reports of hazing
Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 16:58:59-05

OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University has suspended all fraternity activities on campus after several reports of hazing, according to President Gregory P. Crawford. 

The Interfraternity Council has suspended the 2018 new member period as the university immediately begins investigating reports of misconduct, according to officials at the university.

“Reports of hazing that lead us to take this action are antithetical to the pillars of Greek life; we who uphold those pillars will not tolerate behaviors in violation of them,” the university said in a release. “We know those behaviors are not indicative of the majority of Miami Greek students. Yet, the Greek community has an active stance against hazing and we must act for the betterment of individuals and the whole.”

The university has struggled over the past year with incidents involving alcohol and substance abuse on campus. Crawford made it clear in his statement that the university will not tolerate hazing and is ready to help any student that is having trouble with abuse.

“Miami University does not tolerate hazing. We have demonstrated our resolve to act decisively with serious sanctions against acts of hazing. Following several allegations of hazing in recent days, we are equally resolved to protect the safety of our students. We have shared our concerns with Miami’s Interfraternity Council and national fraternal organizations, and are working with them to respond appropriately,” Crawford said.

The Interfraternity Council will be allowed to proceed with the initiation of all new members by Friday, but the investigation into hazing will be dealt with beyond that date.

“We are investigating multiple reports of misconduct involving hazing and have shared those reports with Oxford Police, because hazing is a criminal act. We are determined to hold the responsible organizations and individuals accountable. In addition, at least six national fraternal organizations have filed cease-and-desist orders against their Miami University chapters, pending an investigation,” Crawford said.

If anyone suspects or knows of any occurrences of dangerous behavior or student misconduct they are asked to report it to Miami University Police at 513-529-2222, or Oxford police at 513-524-5240, or to local law enforcement if the incident is away from Oxford.

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