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Miami University suspends all fraternity activity after hazing reports

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Miami University has suspended all fraternity activity after reports of hazing, the school announced Tuesday.

The Interfraternity Council made the announcement on the school's website.

The council says that the university is suspending all chapter activities and social events indefinitely.

All chapters within the council, however, are still allowed to initiate new members and must do so by Friday, the university says.

Parents and family weekends, according to the council, along with philanthropy and service can still continue if already approved.

The IFC represents 24 fraternity chapters at Miami University, the website says.

The council says the school is acting for the 'betterment of individuals and the whole' to go along with their active stance against hazing.

IFC President Gregory P. Crawford also released a statement Tuesday.

Crawford said in part that Miami University does not tolerate hazing and that the school is working with Oxford Police to investigate the reports.

Crawford says the school plans to hold the organizations and individuals accountable.

The school did not specify what the hazing reports involved, but Crawford's statement encourages anyone with information or who suspects dangerous behavior or misconduct to report it to Miami University Police.

Miami University does not tolerate hazing. We have demonstrated our resolve to act decisively with serious sanctions against acts of hazing. Following several allegations of hazing in recent days, we are equally resolved to protect the safety of our students. We have shared our concerns with Miami’s Interfraternity Council and national fraternal organizations, and are working with them to respond appropriately.

We support action by the Interfraternity Council to order initiation of all new members by Friday, February 23, and to suspend all new member activities and social activities effective immediately. We believe this is a productive first step, but not the only step we will take to address our concerns and keep our students safe. We are investigating multiple reports of misconduct involving hazing and have shared those reports with Oxford Police, because hazing is a criminal act. We are determined to hold the responsible organizations and individuals accountable. In addition, at least six national fraternal organizations have filed cease-and-desist orders against their Miami University chapters, pending an investigation.

We have spent the past two years working closely with students, alumni and national organizations to change our culture and develop a model Greek system. Despite those efforts, we are not where we need to be. We expect Miami students to act responsibly and legally, inside and outside the classroom, and to respect the dignity and safety of those around them. Anything else violates the values that have defined our Miami community for generations. Those responsible for these acts have embarrassed themselves, their chapters and Miami University.

We are committed to working with our students to help them make safe and healthy choices. Miami actively educates students about responsible alcohol use, and enforces laws and university policies for the safety and health of our students and others. 

We will investigate any report, and we strongly encourage anyone who suspects or knows of any occurrences of dangerous behavior or student misconduct to report them to Miami University Police at 513-529-2222, or Oxford police at 513-524-5240, or to local law enforcement if the incident is away from Oxford.

- President Gregory P. Crawford, IFC

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