Miami University Is Picking Off Fraternities Left And Right


Update Tuesday April 19 at 5:52 p.m.

Two fraternities listed in the investigations were reportedly cleared of any wrongdoings. According to some tipsters, Lambda Chi Alpha and Delta Tau Delta were cleared by the school and The Miami Student had false information. We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

Originally posted on Tuesday April 19 at 4:15 p.m.

Two months ago, Miami University made headlines when they forced every fraternity to effectively end the pledging process and initiate all new members. Today, they are making headlines for what could be the death of fraternities at one of America’s most storied Greek life universities.

Three fraternities were suspended for multiple years by the school for what is being called hazing, while five other fraternities are being investigated for possible hazing charges. The three that were suspended are Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi. The five under investigation are: Alpha Delta Phi, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Sigma Pi. Let’s break down each one’s alleged offense.

Phi Kappa Tau, Suspended Until 2020

The Miami Student is reporting that an anonymous tip is what led to Phi Kappa Tau being kicked off for hazing.

On March 3, Kelly Ramsey, associate director of Miami’s Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution (OESCR), notified Robert Nigro, president of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, of an anonymous complaint that included screenshots of a GroupMe exchange between new Phi Kappa Tau members. The complaint alleged that new members were involved in workouts, provided servitude to active members and were held against their will.

Oh no! Not the workouts again. God forbid we try to keep our members in shape and combating the dreaded freshman 15. That’s a soft hazing violation and surely doesn’t not warrant a 4-year suspension.

Pi Kappa Alpha, Suspended Until 2020

The reason Pike got the boot was because an anonymous classmate of a Pike member heard him say that he couldn’t go to a group project because he had fraternity stuff. The member then joked that he would come covered in hot sauce and drunk.

“In light of the numerous reports of alleged hazing occurring in the community during the new member education period and the action taken by IFC earlier in the semester which mandated new member education stop and chapters initiate, it was difficult for me to understand why a new member would openly joke about being hazed and suggest it would, or has, happened to him,” wrote Susan Vaughn, director of OESCR, in a letter to Pi Kappa Alpha President Aaron Toney.

You can’t joke anymore, guys. Schools will suspend you for an insane amount of time with zero evidence.

Pi Kappa Phi, Suspended Until 2017, Probation Until 2018

Okay, this one might be the worst of them all, and it’s not really all that bad. Essentially the guys made pledges do calisthenics while consuming food and alcohol, called pledges “demeaning names,” made them do servant stuff, and failed to initiate members after the mandate was issued two months ago.

What’s crazy is that while they may have done the worst, they were hit the least with the penalties thanks to Pi Kapp’s Nationals working with the school administration. The guys were also evicted from their house. This is Roger Goodell’s NFL all over again.

Then you have the fraternities who are just under investigation. Sigma Pi is being investigated for some alcohol hazing incidents that occurred before spring break thanks to a call from an anonymous parent. Delta Tau Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Alpha Delta Phi are under investigation for hazing, but have not been hit with a penalty yet.

The craziest of them all? Delta Sigma Phi, who is still waiting on the result of their suspension for allegedly getting girls to write the name of their fraternity on their breasts. So why is this crazy? Because of the fact that their nationals deemed they didn’t even do it at all.

“Our National Headquarters’ internal investigation has concluded that the incident did not take place as alleged,” Hochwalt said in an email to The Miami Student. “The Iota Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi maintains that our member(s) were not involved in hazing or disorderly conduct.”

Here’s the thing about all of this. Not only does it seem that Miami wants to end Greek life at the school, but this is basically saying that anyone who has a grudge could anonymously submit a tip saying X fraternity is hazing their pledges, and then they’ll get suspended. What a country these days.

[via The Miami Student]

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  1. BoatShoesAndBooze

    It’s getting harder and harder every day to defend Greek Life with shit like this happening almost daily. It’s even harder when “mainstream” media will only report on shit like this, and not about the hundreds of thousands of dollars that various chapters across North America raise.

    8 years ago at 4:26 pm
    1. Bobby Axelrod

      I’m not sure you “have” a good grasp “on” when to use quotation “marks.”

      8 years ago at 4:29 pm
      1. FratensteinsMonster

        He’s correct because a lot of “mainstream” media no longer represents the views of the actual mainstream in this country

        8 years ago at 7:55 pm
      2. Henry_Eighth

        In typical usage, the term “mainstream media” is singular: it refers to a single body of like-minded “journalists.” Therefore, his original use of the singular “represents” was “correct.”

        8 years ago at 2:08 am
      3. Bobby Axelrod

        Thanks, Mark Twain, but I’ll go ahead and stick with my first comment. You see, when someone uses the term “a lot” with an uncountable noun such as media, a singular verb is needed for subject-verb agreement.

        8 years ago at 9:10 am
      4. Henry_Eighth

        you may be right. Except about the Mark Twain thing. I consider myself the Dostoyevsky of the comments section.

        8 years ago at 5:27 pm
      5. Bobby Axelrod

        Too bad there’s not an english_is_hard account to help sort this out.

        8 years ago at 8:45 pm
  2. What Is Haze Prevention

    If I were nationals I would be pretty skeptical about what is going on. All of these fraternities being investigated at once? Sounds like a pissed off feminist is calling in and fucking everyone over.

    8 years ago at 4:33 pm
  3. Fratty the Broman

    How do we find these femnazis and stop them screwing over to shut down classes?

    8 years ago at 4:43 pm
  4. IglooButts

    What’s really fucking sad is that my children may not be able to hand in their legacy card in 20+ years. I don’t see sport teams being suspended for the same shit we are going down for. Got to love the new college culture…

    8 years ago at 5:13 pm
    1. IglooButts

      Also, where does Grandex exist in 20 years if this continues? Hope you all didn’t take stock options

      8 years ago at 5:17 pm
  5. ShockTop

    The thing I don’t understand about hazing is that, at least from what I’ve seen, is that if you’re forced to do something you’re uncomfortable with or something that crosses your personal boundaries you always have the option to just walk away. You’re an idiot if you stay in a fraternity in which you feel demonized or an outcast, and I think GDIs have a hard time understanding that.

    8 years ago at 5:49 pm
  6. FratBoySlim_

    Said this before on here. It’s our President, David Hodge, who has a pretty big hand in this. He’s resigning after the end of this semester, and this is his last “fuck you” to the greeks here. He’s hated us for years because the administration thinks we’re the reason behind our whole school having a pretty big party culture. Even many of the the geeds go out 3-4 days of the week. He thinks that by shutting all the fraternities down and sending hordes of undercovers uptown will severely decrease the amount of drinking going on all week long. He’s not stopping anything, he’s just fucking people over. People party in college, we greeks especially (fuckin obviously), and he’s trying to fight against that concept as a whole. It’s just a damn bad situation here in Oxford, and I’m my own fraternity has taken steps to make sure this shit doesn’t happen to us.

    8 years ago at 6:01 pm
    1. USS Ronald Reagan

      Before I decided Navy, I went to Miami. Still have some friends there, they were living in another chapter’s house because their house wasn’t habitable anymore and the chapter that was there got kicked out for some hazing/pledge nonsense. Hodge seems like a nice guy, but he’s a joke.

      8 years ago at 7:39 pm