Ohio University has suspended all Interfraternity Council chapters on its Athens campus.
The decision stems from allegations of hazing against seven IFC chapters, and according to a university media release, all Greek organizations are immediately suspended from chapter events, meetings and activities.
“When individual members or organizations fail to live up to the standards and values set forth by the university ... the entire sorority and fraternity community suffers,” Jenny Hall-Jones, senior associate vice president and dean of students, wrote in an Oct. 3 letter to IFC chapter presidents.
Sigma Pi Epsilon Fraternity was expelled from Ohio University’s community last spring after the University Hearing Board found the fraternity in violation of 10 allegations, including four counts of hazing, arising from the death of freshman and pledge Collin Wiant, 18, of Dublin.
“Sigma Pi was found in violation of endangerment, brutality, coerced consumption, coerced activities, destruction or damage to property, selling or distributing alcoholic beverages, allowing underage students to drink alcohol, unlawful use or possession of other controlled substances, physical harm or threat to a person and reckless action that poses a harm to others,” Ohio University student-run newspaper, The Post, reported in May 2019.
Earlier this week, the university learned of allegations that two other chapters were hazing new members. On Oct. 2, the university received reports of hazing that encompassed five more chapters.
“It is deeply troubling that seven of our Interfraternity Council chapters have been or will be under investigation this semester for possible violations of the University’s Student Code of Conduct,” Hall-Jones continued. “These troubling allegations ... indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our IFC organizations, and Ohio University will not put at risk the health and safety of our students.”
Sophomore residents will be allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity houses, but chapter members are only permitted to attend events planned by the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility or the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life.
Multiple Ohio University fraternity members, including Jason Ramsey, president of the Omicron Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, were contacted by the Columbus Jewish News but all declined to comment on the suspension.
On Oct. 9 the university also announced the suspension of three sororities and a co-ed professional fraternity due to allegations of hazing.
Cease-and-desist orders were issued against Delta Zeta’s Omicron Gamma chapter, Chi Omega’s Tau Alpha chapter and Pi Beta Phi’s Ohio Alpha chapter, all governed by the Women’s Panhellenic Association.
Phi Chi Theta, which identifies itself as the largest co-ed professional business fraternity at Ohio University, also received an order to cease-and-desist.