Ohio State suspends recruitment, social activities for most fraternities on campus

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Social activities suspended for 37 OSU fraternities
Ohio State suspends 37 fraternities

A spokesperson for Ohio State University has confirmed that most fraternities on campus have been suspended, effective immediately.

The university said Thursday it suspended social, recruitment and new member activities for the 37 members of the Interfraternity Council.

According to Chris Davey, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations, the university says this is a cool off period for the fraternities.

At this time, no one has to move out of the houses, according to Davey.

The decision comes after reports that 11 fraternities have been investigated this semester for violations of the code of student conduct.

The university listed the following as the fraternities under investigation this semester: 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, Zeta Beta Tau.

Click here to view the letter sent from the university to the chapter presidents.

The university sent the following statement:

Ohio State is suspending all social, recruitment and new member activities for Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters effective immediately. This semester the university is investigating the most cases in recent years of possible violations of the Code of Student Conduct by IFC chapters. 11 of the 37 IFC chapters have been under investigation since the school year began. The majority of these cases involve hazing and/or alcohol. The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of its students at risk.

Ohio State is taking this proactive step based on the significantly high number of investigations this semester, not on the nature of any specific case or cases. This action will allow the IFC community to pause to reflect and create individual, actionable strategies to ensure that the culture of their organization is aligned with the stated values of Ohio State’s Greek community, responsibilities outlined in the university’s Code of Student Conduct and expectations of their respective national or international organization. The university looks forward to working with the IFC community to set a positive path forward.

The Interfraternity Council at The Ohio State University issued the following statement:

The health and safety of members of the Ohio State community is our top priority. We commit to collaborating with parents, the University, chapters, and their national or international headquarters to enhance safety and accountability in our
Ohio State fraternity system. We will continue to advocate for the advancement of tangible solutions to the problems that exist within our community.

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