Miami University suspends all fraternity activity after hazing reports

Miami University suspends all fraternity activity after hazing reports
Miami University (FOX19 NOW/file)

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - 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.

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