Ohio State University has suspended all activity of its IFC organizations, effective yesterday.
From The Lantern:
“This proactive step is being taken so that the IFC community takes a pause to reflect and create individual, actionable strategies for the future,” Ryan Lovell, the university’s senior director for sorority and fraternity life, wrote in the letter. “Our expectation is that each chapter will develop a plan and implementation timeline to ensure that the culture of their organization is aligned with the stated values of Ohio State’s Greek community, responsibilities outlined in the university’s Code of Student Conduct and expectations of their respective national or international organization.”
This suspension seems to be the result of eleven chapters having undergone some form of investigation this semester alone. The investigations cover a wide range of student conduct issues, and the sheer number of them may be what brought this whole situation to a tipping point. More information is expected to be released in the coming days.
For anyone out there who’s in charge of a fraternity, I urge you to closely follow this situation as it unfolds. When one chapter gets in trouble, it hurts every chapter. It’s crucial to keep in tune with what the other chapters at your school are up to, because your fate could be more closely tied to theirs than you think. I’ve been through the whole “Let’s take a minute to reflect and create new strategies” thing myself, and hopefully this one doesn’t result in much more than the chapters having to agree to new risk reduction policies.
We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if there are any interesting new developments with this story, but until then, stay frosty..
[via The Lantern]
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