Most of the cases involve hazing or alcohol or both. “The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of its students at risk,” spokesman David Isaacs said in a written statement Thursday. He said the action would allow the Greek community “to pause to reflect” and to create their own plans to ensure their chapters’ culture is in sync with both their national organizations and the values of Ohio State.
The president of the Interfraternity Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Several schools have announced sanctions or changes to Greek life in recent months, some prompted by deaths on campus.
At Penn State University, school officials announced changes to Greek life this summer after the February death of a 19-year-old student who had pledged a now-disbanded fraternity.
Ohio State’s student newspaper, the Lantern, reported that rumors about a possible suspension had been swirling all semester and that many of the fraternities under investigation had been suspended in the past.
Drew Cooper, the president of the Ohio State University Interfraternity Council, said in a statement Thursday night: “The health and safety of members of the Ohio State community is our top priority. We commit to collaborating with parents, the University, chapters, and their national or international headquarters to enhance safety and accountability in our Ohio State fraternity system. We will continue to advocate for the advancement of tangible solutions to the problems that exist within our community.”
Sarah Larimer contributed to this report.