Ohio University has suspended all of its Interfraternity Council fraternities in light of allegations of hazing against seven IFC chapters, according to a statement released by the university Friday.
The chapters are prohibited from engaging in all chapter events, meetings and activities until further notice, according to the statement. The decision was handed down by Ohio University’s Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones.
Ohio University suspended Sigma Pi last spring due to hazing allegations and in a letter from the university to the fraternities, the university stated that it received reports of hazing from five more chapters.
“It is deeply troubling that seven of our Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters have been or will be under investigation this semester for possible violations of the University’s Student Code of Conduct. These troubling allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, 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,” a university letter to the fraternities reads.
In November 2017 Ohio State suspended all activities for its 37 IFC chapters. Dave Issacs, spokesperson for the university, said to The Lantern in 2017 that the majority of conduct investigations involved hazing and alcohol.