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Miami Greek chapters investigated for hazing

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 17:57:51-05

OXFORD, Ohio -- A dozen Miami University fraternities and sororities are being investigated for hazing allegations, prompting the school to force houses to expedite the initiation process.

Miami's Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution got 21 complaints over the past three weeks related to the "new-member process," according to university spokeswoman Carole Johnson.

There are nearly four dozen Greek chapters at Miami. Johnson did not say which organizations had allegations leveled against them.

"Among steps taken in response to those negative behaviors is that the student-led Interfraternity Council, with full support from Miami University, is requiring chapters to initiate their new members by Friday, Feb. 26," a statement from Johnson said. "By ending the new-member process for this spring earlier than scheduled, our fraternity community will be able to communicate expectations and monitor behaviors more quickly."

About a quarter of Miami's undergraduate student body takes part in Greek life on campus, including 33 percent of men and 21 percent of women.