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The university has struggled over the past year with incidents involving alcohol and substance abuse on campus. Crawford made it clear in his statement that the university will not tolerate hazing and is ready to help any student that is having trouble with abuse.
“Miami University does not tolerate hazing. We have demonstrated our resolve to act decisively with serious sanctions against acts of hazing. Following several allegations of hazing in recent days, we are equally resolved to protect the safety of our students. We have shared our concerns with Miami’s Interfraternity Council and national fraternal organizations, and are working with them to respond appropriately,” Crawford said.
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The Interfraternity Council will be allowed to proceed with the initiation of all new members by Friday, but the investigation into hazing will be dealt with beyond that date.
“We are investigating multiple reports of misconduct involving hazing and have shared those reports with Oxford Police, because hazing is a criminal act. We are determined to hold the responsible organizations and individuals accountable. In addition, at least six national fraternal organizations have filed cease-and-desist orders against their Miami University chapters, pending an investigation.,” Crawford said.
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If anyone suspects or knows of any occurrences of dangerous behavior or student misconduct they are being asked to report it to Miami University Police at 513-529-2222, or Oxford police at 513-524-5240, or to local law enforcement if the incident is away from Oxford.
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