Ohio State University has suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon for three years after an investigation found violations of the student code of conduct.
According to reports, the university’s investigation found that the school’s TKE chapter was guilty of hazing, endangering behavior and improper use of alcohol.
In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesman for Ohio State confirmed the suspension.
“We hope that Tau Kappa Epsilon will successfully return to Ohio State’s campus following the completion of its suspension and the terms outlined to them,” said David Isaacs, an OSU spokesman.
Alex Baker, a spokesman for the Tau Kappa Epsilon national organization, said that they would appeal the alleged student code of conduct violations.
“Our expectation is that the appeal process is taken seriously and officials have not pre-determined an outcome without completing the rights afforded to this student organization,” Baker said.
TKE’s suspension comes just a few months after the university suspended all of its 37 fraternities governed by the Interfraternity Council.
via Dayton Daily News:
The development comes just months after Ohio State suspended all of its 37 fraternities governed by the Interfraternity Council. There were at least 11 fraternity chapters under investigation when all chapters were suspended in November.
The university said it would still allow fraternities to conduct “essential activities” which could include chapter meetings but any social events were not permitted. Since the initial blanket-suspension, Ohio State has slowly begun approving plans for fraternity events again, according to the school’s greek life website.
At least seven fraternities have been approved to host recruitment events again, three have been approved for new member activities and just one has been approved to host social events again, according to the university.
This is the latest fraternity suspension in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, East Carolina Univesity, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities.