Miami University Tries to Address Hazing Problem
“The university made five major changes”
Hazing has been banned pretty much everywhere but it still happens. Amazing.
How Miami University is fixing hazing issues
What we reported: Three fraternities were suspended for hazing at Miami University this year and multiple others were put on probation after nearly two dozen investigations into hazing, alcohol and drug violations.
With 5,398 students in fraternities and sororities, more than a third of the student body, it was an issue that concerned university officials.
The Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life told the Miami Board of Trustees it’s working to fix the fraternity system problems.
“We flipped the switch on our philosophy and how we’re developing our students,” Jenny Levering, the university’s director of the office, said at the Dec. 8 Board of Trustees Meeting.
The university made five major changes:
- There are weekly, instead of monthly, meetings between chapter leaders and staff members from the office of fraternity and sorority life.
- Chapter presidents and council executive board members are now elected in November to complete training before rush, which is three months earlier than last year.
- All new members are required to complete an online hazing prevention course before joining. Aspiring members cannot accept a bid until they complete the course.
- A new “re‐visioning committee,” made up of students, alumni and faculty was created to discuss issues, including hazing and alcohol during rush.
- The Greek Life office will no longer sit in on the university’s judicial hearings of fraternities and sororities
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