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Ohio State University fraternity activities suspended

November 17, 2017

Ohio State University fraternity activities suspended

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio State University is suspending fraternity organization activities effective today.

The suspension of all social, recruitment and new member activities comes on the heels of 11 chapters being placed under investigation for violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

This represents more than a quarter of the chapters at OSU, according to a letter sent to fraternity chapter presidents from Ryan Lovell, senior director of fraternity and sorority life.

“The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk,” Lovell wrote. “This proactive step is being taken so that the IFC community takes a pause to reflect and create individual, actionable strategies for the future.”

The letter indicates that chapters must only conduct “essential activities,” which excludes social and recruitment activities. Ohio State has 37 fraternities.

All fraternities are required provide the Sorority and Fraternity Life staff “a list of your organization’s essential activities through January 7, 2018, including dates, times, locations and the rationale behind why your organization believes the activity is essential to the operation of your chapter,” the letter said.

A university spokesman told student newspaper The Lantern that most of the investigations were hazing and alcohol related.

The following fraternities are under investigation this semester, according to tv10.com: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau.

Issues regarding alcohol and hazing problems at fraternities have plagued universities across the country.

Texas State University on Tuesday suspended the activities of all fraternity and sorority chapters on its campus indefinitely following the death of a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity pledge on Sunday night.

Denise Trauth, the university’s president, said in a written statement that Texas State’s vice president for student affairs, Joanne Smith, would lead a review of Greek life on the campus. That review would include “recommendations for reinstating fraternity and sorority chapters that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State and the ideas established by their respective national organizations.”

Florida State University last week suspended Greek activities indefinitely after the death of a 20-year-old pledge.

Students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor last week voted to suspend pledging activities and parties for most campus fraternities after recent fraternity incidents — including a party at which dates were shackled to each other until they downed a bottle of champagne — prompted concerns about student safety, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.