OSU outlines requirements needed for fraternities to have suspensions lifted

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University has sent a letter to 37 suspended fraternities outlining requirements they need to fulfill before being reinstated.

The decision to suspend 37 chapters of the Interfraternity Council at Ohio State indefinitely came after reports that 11 fraternities have been investigated this semester for violations of the code of student conduct.

The document, sent Friday, lays out several conditions for the fraternities including:

  • Chapters cannot resume any social events until they bring forth a plan on how to host those events and a calendar of events. Chapters must also note if alcohol will be served at the events.
  • No more than 20 events with alcohol can be hosted in each of the following time frames: Aug. 15 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through Aug. 14.
  • Recruitment plans need to include vision statements containing commitments to hazing prevention and healthy and safe alcohol-free recruitment practices.
  • Chapters must provide a detailed plan for conducting new member education. The plan must include a vision statement, health and safety plans, descriptions of the new member process, and a list of events.

The letter can be read in its entirety here.

In a statement provide to the Columbus Dispatch, Drew Cooper, IFC president at Ohio State, said he is confident this will “create meaningful culture change for the IFC community.”

Sorority and Fraternity Life at Ohio State will let chapters, advisors, alumni, and national organizations know when the suspension has been lifted.

Chapters failing to meet the requirements may continue to be suspended or more action may be taken.