2 OSU fraternities on probation for violating code of conduct


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Two fraternities at Ohio State University are on probation for violations of the Code of Student Conduct related to alcohol consumption.

The specifics are detailed in letters issued to Alpha Tau Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

The letter to Alpha Tau Omega includes the following:

Specifically, it was alleged that throughout the autumn 2018 semester and specifically on October 19, 2018, Alpha Tau Omega violated Ohio State’s Code of Student Conduct in the following manner:

Providing alcohol to new members and/or allowing or encouraging new members to consume alcohol, including members under the age of 21 during Alpha Tau Omega social events.

Assigning new members specific tasks as a part of their new member experience.

Examples include but are not limited to: wearing a toga to social events, wearing a pair of plaid shorts chosen by the fraternity to social events, bringing a basketball to social events, communicating the weather each day with the chapter, serving as a scribe during meetings, and/or providing scheduled motivation to the chapter. Requiring and/or encouraging new members to clean the fraternity house and annex house. Hosting a “Zip Tie party” where new members were given short notice to find a date who they were then zip tied to during the social event and expected to finish a bottle of liquor between the two of them. Once the bottle was empty the new member and guest were cut from the zip tie.”

The letter to Sigma Phi Epsilon includes the following:

Specifically, it is alleged that for approximately the last four years, your chapter violated Ohio State’s Code of Student Conduct in the following manner:

Chapter members pooled funds to purchase alcohol for chapter social events, where alcohol was provided to anyone in attendance; there was no regulation on the distribution of alcohol; and members and guests under the legal drinking age were served.”

David Issacs, a spokesman for the Ohio State Office of Student Life, said sororities and fraternities are expected to follow the student code of conduct.

“As has always been the case, all Ohio State sorority and fraternity chapters are expected to uphold the Code of Student Conduct, our community’s Standards of Excellence and all of the governing rules, guidelines and regulations that have been set forth by the university, national organizations and local chapters.”

He said they intend to uphold those rules.

“To promote the education and development of students, and to provide a framework for future success of student organizations.”

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