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Ohio University hazing charges bring suspensions

Several fraternities and sororities, the men’s rugby team, and the marching band have been suspended, expelled, or stand in receipt of cease-and-desist letters at Ohio University in Athens, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Since September 30, the university has suspended all 15 fraternity chapters in the Interfraternity Council, three sororities, two professional business fraternities, and the Ohio University Marching Band, according to the student newspaper. The university’s Office for Community Standards and Student Responsibility is currently maintaining a website that keeps track of all organizations under investigation.

Voxitatis noted last week that hazing harms students and does not build commitment to an organization or cohesion among a group of friends.

Quoting a recent article in Psychology Today, we also noted that rates of hazing were higher for students on varsity athletic teams (43%), fraternities and sororities (38%), and club sports (29%). Most commonly, hazing involves excessive drinking, social isolation, personal servitude, and humiliation.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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