COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio University is adding to a growing list of Greek life to receive cease and desist orders following allegations of hazing. Wednesday, it announced three Women’s Panhellenic Association sororities and one professional business fraternity received the letters.
It comes after the university shut down 15 fraternities earlier this month, saying they’d received seven reports of hazing in just a 48-hour period. All of them are suspended indefinitely while eight of the fraternities have also received cease and desist letters.
The three sororities and one professional fraternity added to the list now includes Delta Zeta’s Omicron Gamma chapter, Chi Omega’s Tau Alpha chapter, Pi Beta Phi’s Ohio Alpha chapter, and Phi Chi Theta. They were also served notification they were under investigation by the university. The university says it is not suspending all WPA sororities because it doesn’t believe there is a systematic cultural issue within them.
It’s an issue many on campus, in and out of Greek life, do not want to talk about. Nearly every student we approached declined to comment about the issue.
However, those who spoke with us told us they think the university is cracking down on potential hazing after an 18-year-old student died last year. A lawsuit alleges Collin Wiant, from Dublin, died last November from hazing.
In a statement the school said they aren’t releasing details of the allegations publicly in order to protect their investigation. The Ohio University Police Department is also looking into the hazing claims but say so far “none have risen to the level of actionable criminal activity.”
The university says it forwards all hazing complaints to its police department. We’ve reached out to Ohio University police for comment. We are waiting to hear back.