Hazing issue resurfaces: OU organizations face suspension

Students often go through rigorous physical training, dangerous initiation rituals and humiliating tasks just to be a part of an organization that adds to their special college experience. These gruesome activities are known as hazing. Hazing is a known issue that has been happening at colleges for decades. Ohio University’s incidents with hazing is a prime example.

In the past few weeks Ohio University has dealt with multiple allegations of hazing within multiple organizations on campus. According to athensnews.com, all 15 fraternities were suspended but only eight were under investigation by OU administration.

That’s not all, another three sororities are also under investigation, along with the Men’s Rugby Club, and the Marching 110. In total with all the suspensions OU administration suspended 20 organizations but only a select amount was actually under investigation.

The majority of the allegations are based around the overuse of drugs and alcohol with the pledges. In one situation, it was found that one student was forced to drink an excessive amount of alcohol in one sitting.

“The fraternities began to be suspended the first week of October, and they are still undergoing, since early October,” Ohio University freshman Erica Trapasso said.

This isn't the first-time hazing allegations have risen within Ohio University. According to nbcnews.com this past May they expelled Sigma Pi fraternity for hazing along with alcohol and drug use. The death of 18-year-old Collin Wiant, who was pledging for Sigma Pi back in November last year was due to alleged hazing. The fraternity had violations of student conduct codes as well.

With the amount of students on a college campus, not everyone is involved in Greek life or other selective organizations. With all of these cases with alleged hazing and other violations, it could potentially affect others opinions on those organizations.

“It doesn't really change my thoughts about Ohio University. In college things such as this are known to happen. It really is what college is all about,” OU freshman Meredith Rose said.

A lot of specific individuals involved in these organizations suffered their own consequences as well. According to abcnews.com, all members of the marching band could still not even participate in school activities such as the homecoming parade. They also weren’t allowed to participate in social gatherings as well. Not only were those involved in the organizations affected, but other students at Ohio University felt the effects as well.

“I saw a noticeable amount of fewer people out and about, no parties, and even crowded bars with increased security,” Trapasso said.

With these suspensions, it sounds as if the whole campus suffered some consequences and changes as well. With all of these incidents happening it could potentially affect students thoughts of joining Greek Life in the future.

“No matter what university someone attends, there is always speculation of hazing in Greek Life. At least OU addresses it and deals with it instead of just ignoring the issues to protect their image,” Trapasso said.

The suspensions are still ongoing, along with the consequences not only for those in the organizations but all the other students on the campus as well. Hazing is a known thing to happen with college, but Ohio University is dealing with the allegations.


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