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US University suspends all fraternity chapters amid new reports of hazing

23:55  04 october  2019
23:55  04 october  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Five months after the death of a student in an alleged hazing incident led to the expulsion of one of its fraternities , Ohio University has suspended all 15 of its Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity chapters amid new reports of hazing .

CINCINNATI – Ohio University suspended all fraternities Thursday, citing a "growing concern elevated by allegations of hazing " against seven chapters made this week. The decision comes about 11 months after Collin Wiant was found dead in the annex of Sigma Pi house, the fraternity he was

Five months after the death of a student in an alleged hazing incident led to the expulsion of one of its fraternities, Ohio University has suspended all 15 of its Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity chapters amid new reports of hazing.

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Ohio University Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Jenny Halls-Jones made the announcement in a two-page letter sent to all IFC presidents Thursday.

"Last Spring, Sigma Pi was expelled from our community as a result of hazing. Earlier this week, we received allegations that two IFC chapters were hazing new members and those chapters were placed on a cease and desist from Community Standards and Students Responsibility," she said in the letter.

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Ohio University has suspended 15 of the fraternities that operate on campus after administrators received reports that more than half of the Nine of these chapters are under administrative investigation and one is also under campus police investigation for reports of hazing new members.

Ohio University has suspended all fraternities , citing a "growing concern elevated by allegations of hazing " against seven chapters made this week. Ohio University suspends all frats, citing 'potentially escalating systemic culture' of hazing . Max Londberg, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 5:25

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"Yesterday, we received reports of hazing that encompassed five more chapters," bringing the total number of fraternities under investigation to seven, Halls-Jones said in the letter. "As a result: I am hereby suspending all chapter operations for Interfraternity Council chapters until further notice, effective immediately."

The news comes almost a year after Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old freshman, died after allegedly being hazed by the Sigma Pi fraternity. A lawsuit by Wiant's family claims that he died of asphyxiation after ingesting nitrous oxide forced on him by fraternity members.

Halls-Jones said the most recent allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within Ohio University's IFC organizations.

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A few chapters were also reported at the University of British Columbia, Carleton University During this time, new members might participate in almost all aspects of the life of the fraternity or The names of almost all fraternities and sororities consist of a sequence of two or three Greek letters

Ohio University on Thursday announced it was suspending all its fraternities following allegations of widespread hazing . Suspension of the 15 fraternities at the university was immediate and indefinite. It followed allegations within the past week of hazing at seven of the fraternities , as well

Some students applauded the move.

"I think it's about time something's done about it," senior Hayden Spurgeon told Columbus, Ohio, ABC affiliate WSYX. "Everybody hears that a bunch of hazing happens, and it's not OK. I mean joke hazing, that's all right, but hazing where people's lives are literally at risk? And we've lost people here because of it? It's not cool."

Other students were skeptical of the university's decision, which comes a week before homecoming.

"I think it's an effort of the school to try and control the craziness and the madness that might unravel," Reid Hamilton told WSYX. "I've heard a lot of crazy stories. I don't think any of them are true. "

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Earlier this year, the University at Buffalo's president suspended all Greek life after an 18-year-old undergraduate student was critically injured in a "potential" hazing incident at the school's Sigma Pi house in April.

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Five months after the death of a student in an alleged hazing incident led to the expulsion of one of its fraternities , Ohio University has suspended all 15 of its Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity chapters amid new reports of hazing . © STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images Ohio University is seen

University at Buffalo suspends all fraternities and sororities after student critically injured by potential hazing . A University at Buffalo student is in critical condition after a possible hazing incident involving a college fraternity , prompting the president of the western New York school to suspend all

Neighbors reported they saw two frat members carry a person out of the house overnight after authorities arrived.

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In November 2017, Texas State University suspended all Greek activities following the death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge. Matthew Ellis, who was pledging the university's Phi Kappa Psi chapter, was found unresponsive by officers with the San Marcos Police Department after he had attended an off-campus social event the night before.

Friends of Ellis called 911, and Ellis was pronounced dead after first responders were unable to revive him, authorities said.

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