Four fraternities and three sororities at the Ohio State University are being investigated for unnamed violations of student conduct.
Of the seven, four have a history of previous offenses related to hazing, alcohol abuse and dangerous conduct.
The university won’t say specifically why each of the seven face new investigations until the cases are resolved, said Dave Isaacs, spokesman for the university’s Office of Student Life.
Infractions are based on stated rules in the OSU student code of conduct.
Each of the fraternities and one sorority that previously had violated student conduct were punished with probation and sanctions, according to school records. They include:
• Fraternities Beta Theta Pi and Pi Kappa Phi each were placed on suspension through December 2019 for hazing and alcohol infractions in October 2017 and March 2018, respectively.
• Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity had three prior incidents since 2016 involving alcohol and endangering behavior resulting in probationary status until August 2023.
• Sorority Pi Beta Phi had been on probation through August 2019 for hazing, alcohol and endangering incidents occurring in April 2018.
Each of the previous violators face additional sanctions, up to potentially losing their organizational status, said Isaacs. Prior misconduct likely will factor into their future punishment.
Those facing first-time sanctions are fraternity Kappa Sigma, which has had all chapter activities suspended during the investigation, and sororities Alpha Gamma Delta and Alpha Xi Delta, which are prohibited from having alcohol-related events during their inquiries.
“We would prefer that all of our students engage in productive, safe and healthy activities, and when they don’t, there are consequences,” said Isaacs.
Ohio State officials say the actions are necessary following recent reports of hazing, alcohol abuse and dangerous recruitment and initiation practices In Ohio and nationwide, some resulting in death.
Three former Sigma Pi fraternity members at Ohio University pleaded guilty Thursday to drug and hazing charges in connection with the death of 18-year-old freshman Collin Wiant of Dublin.
Wiant’s death was the focus of an investigative series of podcasts and stories by The Dispatch that can be found online at dispatch.com/brokenpledge.
The Ohio State investigations will likely take at least weeks, Isaacs said, during which most chapter activities, including social events, recruitment and meetings must cease. Housing for the students will not be affected.