Another Miami University frat suspended for hazing

Another Miami University frat suspended
Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 8:47 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2016 at 9:14 PM EDT
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OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Miami University lost another fraternity on campus and could lose one more this month after recent investigations into potential student conduct violations, including hazing.

Zeta Beta Tau is no longer recognized by Miami and is suspended until May 10, 2018, after an investigation this spring by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution, according to the university's website.

A representative of the fraternity did not wish to comment on the suspension.

News of the status of the fraternities was first reported in The Miami Student, the school's student-ran newspaper.

The conduct of fraternities and sororities is a significant issue for Miami because more than a third of all undergraduates, about 5,500 students, are in fraternities or sororities. According to the university, students were allegedly being forced to drink alcohol, provide servitude and perform early morning workouts.

"We're very clear that we have a zero tolerance policy on hazing. Hazing is both, it's against our values as a university. It does not build community in the way that they think it does,” Vice President of Student Affairs Jayne Brownell said.
However, hazing is seen by some of a part of Greek life culture. "I think that hazing might just be part of Greek life and it's just part of the college experience. I think it's a little unnecessary to suspend them for two years personally,” Matthew Hubich, a student at Miami said. 
Not all students agree and think hazing is just another form of bullying.

"I think hazing is like another form of bulling that has been accepted by fraternities, because it's really inappropriate,”  Jonah Snyder a Miami student said. “It makes people feel bad and it's accepted because they think its ok and people are expected to be hazed. When it's really just a poor way to try and build community.”

The board of trustees is meeting on Thursday and Friday and may discuss some of the ongoing issues in Greek life, but there are no action items on the agenda regarding any changes.

The university investigated 21 fraternities and sororities for alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct for hazing and/or alcohol violations during the spring semester.

A total of nine organizations have lost recognition or been suspended by the university in the past four years.

Our news partner the Cincinnati Enquirer contributed to this story.

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