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Miami U investigates 21 hazing allegations

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) -

Miami University confirmed on Thursday the university is investigating 21 allegations of hazing from more than 12 fraternities and sororities tied to this year's "new-member" process. 

"Over the past few weeks we received reports related to the fraternity new-member process that have led to serious concerns, and we are thoroughly investigating all of them," Miami University's News and Communication Assistant Director Carole Johnson said.

The university said the allegations stem from 12 fraternities and sororities. The investigation has taken place in the last three weeks. 

"Miami does not tolerate hazing. Behaviors that endanger the health or safety of others violate the values of our fraternal organizations as well as of the university," Johnson said. 

No suspensions have been handed down at this time. 

Miami University is requiring chapters to initiate their new members by Friday to end the new-member process for the spring.

"By ending the new-member process for this spring earlier than scheduled, our fraternity community will be able to communicate expectation and monitor behaviors more quickly," Johnson said. 

Mike Curme, Dean of Students at Miami University, released the following statement.

"We are deeply disappointed and disturbed by recent reports of misconduct in several of our Greek chapters related to new-member initiation in spite of our ongoing efforts to eliminate it. This behavior has to end.

We are investigating every report.  Our internal processes are in motion, and we will hold organizations and individuals accountable for their behavior.

Regrettably, we are not immune from what is a broader national concern, but our university community and student body expect and deserve better.

We are working to redouble our efforts to address unacceptable behavior within our Greek chapters. Given our high expectations for all of our students, we should expect nothing less than being the model Greek community in the nation."

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