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Amid hazing and alcohol investigations, OSU suspends all 37 fraternities

Amid hazing and alcohol investigations, OSU suspends all 37 fraternities

The Ohio State University (OSU) joined the list of prominent universities across the nation that suspended their fraternities following alleged hazing or alcohol violations. Calling it a proactive step, the OSU has temporarily suspended all its 37 fraternities until further notice. Following the suspension, all social, recruitment and new member activities of the fraternities are banned. Additionally, a team will also be set up to review the situation and make recommendations.

Ryan Lovell, senior director of Sorority and Fraternity Life, sent an email to the presidents of University’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), calling the number of investigations “unacceptably high” and said, “The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk. I am hereby suspending all social, recruitment and new member activities for Interfraternity Council chapters until further notice, effective immediately.”

Since the beginning of the school year, 11 of the IFC chapters have been under investigation for misconduct. The suspension by OSU is being considered the most aggressive move by a college to crack down on fraternity hazing.

Only essential activities allowed throughout the suspension

Other than the allegations involving hazing and alcohol abuse, campus officials have not provided specific information on the misconduct. OSU chapters will be allowed to request participation in essential activities such as board meetings or long-standing philanthropic events. The chapters are required to provide a list of all the essential activities till Jan. 7, 2018. The OSU has also asked the fraternities to develop a plan and execution timeline to deal with the issue.

Following student deaths at fraternity events, University of Michigan, Penn State, Louisiana State, Texas State and Florida State universities have already suspended Greek life this year. While the ban by other universities followed students’ deaths, OSU ban comes from an investigation into the greater culture of fraternities at the University.

Road to recovery

Underage drinking among college students affect the students, their families and communities at large. It takes an enormous toll on a student’s intellectual, psychological and social life. While a majority of students come to the college with some past experience with alcohol, certain aspects of college life, such as limited interaction with parents and guardians, widespread availability of alcohol, peer pressure and yearning for a wider acceptance can lead to the development of drinking habits by the sober lot. Among the most vulnerable are the ones in the freshman year. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), students in universities with strong Greek systems and prominent athletic programs are also prone to more drinking. The agency also reported that compared to students living with their families, alcohol consumption is the highest among those living in fraternities and sororities.

One of the ways to prevent alcohol abuse among college students is by educating them about the perils of alcohol addiction through prevention programs and setting up counseling centers on the campus. The authorities should take sufficient measures to remove the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and to encourage students to seek support when required. This would be beneficial in creating a safer and friendly campus. Alcohol-related problems can be treated at a rehab center through a holistic recovery program comprising medication, counseling and experiential therapies, provided one seeks help in time.

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