Athens City police report vandalism to sorority, fraternity houses

Ohio University (WBNS / Drone 10)

ATHENS, Ohio — Athens City Police says seven fraternity and sorority houses received property damage over the Thanksgiving Break,

According to a letter from Ohio University Sorority and Fraternity Life, the incidents spanned the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and into the weekend.

Five houses were vandalized with spray paint with messages like "Disband" and "Bye Losers".

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Two of the homes had holiday decorations destroyed.

The university says the spray-painted messages were quickly removed and the damage was repaired.

The Greek community responded by saying, "These acts were unacceptable, cowardly, and were against the values of who we are as Bobcats and as Athens community members. This kind of vandalism is against the law and the university's code of conduct and has been reported to Athens police."

The homes of Pi Kappa Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, ACACIA and Alpha Omicron Pi were damaged.

Delta Gamma and Beta Theta Pi had decorative lighting outside the homes cut.

The university nor police could provide a motive for the vandalism.

The death of 18-year-old Collin Wiant, who collapsed and died during an off-campus fraternity event at Ohio University last November, has cast an unwanted spotlight on the campus.

Wiant’s family sued the fraternity, Sigma Pi, which their son had sought to join. In April, the university expelled the fraternity.

Since then, nine men were indicted by an Athens County grand jury in connection with events that prosecutors said led to Wiant’s death, which was caused by asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide ingestion.