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Ohio State suspends sorority, fraternity activities amid probes

Ohio State University has suspended all sorority and fraternity activities citing investigations into hazing and alcohol abuse involving some chapters, joining a growing list of U.S. schools that have taken similar steps.

The public university in Columbus, which has more than 45,000 undergraduate students, said in a statement sent to campus organizations on Thursday that 11 of its 37 Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters have been the subject of such investigations this semester alone.

The university did not give details on any specific incidents.

Hazing and alcohol-related incidents have led to deaths in recent months at other universities.

“This is an unacceptably high number, and the university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of students at risk,” Ryan Lovell, the school’s senior director of Greek life, said in the statement.

“This proactive step is being taken so that the IFC community takes a pause to reflect and create individual, actionable strategies for the future,” Lovell said.

The school expects each IFC chapter to develop a plan to ensure their behavior aligns with the student code of conduct, his statement said
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About 10 percent of men and 17 percent of women who attend Ohio State join Greek organizations, according to collegeboard.org, a non-profit organization that seeks to expand access to higher education.

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