Ohio State University suspended the activities of most of its fraternities on Thursday, joining the growing list of schools that have cracked down on Greek life.
The university said all chapters of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) must hold off on recruitment and stop all social activities until further notice. The school is investigating more than a quarter of its IFC chapters for possible violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
A spokesman for the university told the student newspaper, The Lantern, that most of those 11 investigations involve hazing and alcohol.
“The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk,” Ryan Lovell, the senior director of sorority and fraternity life, said in a letter to chapter presidents. “This proactive step is being taken so that the IFC community takes a pause to reflect and create individual, actionable strategies for the future.”
Several universities have taken action against Greek organizations in recent months amid concerns over hazing and alcohol — including some troubling incidents that turned deadly.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Daniel Arkin