News Releases

Crest of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      
Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity                                                                       
April 18, 2018                                                                                                                        
Contact Steve Ehrfurth
steve.ehrfurth@alphadeltaphi.org

Statement from Alpha Delta Phi Headquarters on Fabricated Image at Miami University

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Today, we were made aware of a fake Snapchat screenshot featuring hateful and racist language that has circulated within the Miami University community. The image itself is a complete fabrication - manipulated to make it appear that several members of the Alpha Delta Phi chapter were using bigotry. The screen names shown do not belong to the members named, the Snapchat group does not exist.

We greatly appreciate the university’s attention to get to the bottom of this matter, including working with students who were negatively impacted by seeing this image, as well as those whose names were falsely used.

From its inception, Alpha Delta Phi has rejected racism, as it is directly counter to the ideals of the fraternity experience. We don’t know from whom this image originated, but while it is not connected to Alpha Delta Phi, we regret its impact, as no person should face discrimination.


Delta Zeta Logo

Statement from Delta Zeta Headquarters April 9, 2018

Delta Zeta is a values-based organization that unites our women around a common purpose: to walk truly in the light of the flame. We condemn the discriminatory and hateful language used in a video posted by former members of Delta Zeta, as these actions are inconsistent with our founding values that we strive to uphold every day. We are a diverse and inclusive organization and are appalled about the actions of these former members, as we deeply respect all members of the Greek and the campus community. We took immediate action upon learning of the situation and these individuals are no longer members of Delta Zeta because we do not tolerate any form of discrimination. 

Contact press@deltazeta.org.


A Message from the Vice President of Student Affairs March 6, 2018

Based on reports that made us all concerned for member health and safety, the Interfraternity Council required all chapters to end their new member processes and initiate by February 23rd. At the same time, the Interfraternity Council also issued a temporary social suspension of all activities. Miami fully supported and applauded those actions.

As we move forward with the semester and the Interfraternity Council begins to lift the social suspensions on a chapter-by-chapter basis, I want to reiterate Miami University’s deep concern for the health and safety of all students. The privilege of hosting social events comes with a high level of responsibility. It is my expectation that all local, state, and national policies/laws will be followed by those chapters that are allowed to host events. Any violations will be dealt with on a chapter basis, as well as an individual basis. We are also continuing to investigate all hazing reports and will take appropriate disciplinary action against chapters and individuals involved.

As we continue to re-think the Greek experience at Miami University, it is our clear expectation that our fraternity members will uphold the highest standards and will make both Miami and their national organizations proud. We look forward to improving our system by working together, aiming to set a new standard for a what a model system could be. I welcome your ideas for improvement, and we will be reaching out individually and collectively to map out a plan moving forward to build a healthy Greek community.

Jayne E. Brownell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Miami University


A Message from the Interfraternity Council February 20, 2018

Following recent reports, the Interfraternity Council has suspended the 2018 new member period as the university immediately begins investigating reports of misconduct. All chapters within the Interfraternity Council must initiate their new members no later than Friday, February 23rd, at 5pm. In addition to new member initiation, the Interfraternity Council is also suspending all chapter activities and social events indefinitely. Initiation is the only chapter activity that can take place until further notice. Parents and family weekends, philanthropy and service, if already approved, may continue. Chapters must still have their new members attend new member convocation and Greeks Step Up community programming.

Chapters who are currently on a cease-and-desist order from the university or their national may not initiate their new members and may not have any activities.

Reports of hazing that lead us to take this action are antithetical to the pillars of Greek life; we who uphold those pillars will not tolerate behaviors in violation of them.

With sorority and fraternity members at Miami tallying over 23,000 hours of community service in 2017 and maintaining high GPAs, we know those behaviors are not indicative of the majority of Miami Greek students. Yet, the Greek community has an active stance against hazing and we must act for the betterment of individuals and the whole.

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The Interfraternity Council (IFC) represents the 24 fraternity chapters recognized at Miami University. As an organization, IFC represents the collective interests of the community, serving as both the governing body and the organization system for the chapters. Its purpose is to promote and perpetuate the best interest of Miami University and the Fraternity and Sorority Community and to encourage the most complete intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development of the members of the fraternities. The Interfraternity Council works to ensure that fraternities at Miami University establish high standards and lofty pursuits, to promote service and philanthropy, and to foster cooperation and harmony among all organizations. 


Statement to the Interfraternity Council from President Gregory Crawford February 20, 2018

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.

We support action by the Interfraternity Council to order initiation of all new members by Friday, February 23, and to suspend all new member activities and social activities effective immediately. We believe this is a productive first step, but not the only step we will take to address our concerns and keep our students safe. 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.

We have spent the past two years working closely with students, alumni and national organizations to change our culture and develop a model Greek system. Despite those efforts, we are not where we need to be. We expect Miami students to act responsibly and legally, inside and outside the classroom, and to respect the dignity and safety of those around them. Anything else violates the values that have defined our Miami community for generations. Those responsible for these acts have embarrassed themselves, their chapters and Miami University.

We are committed to working with our students to help them make safe and healthy choices. Miami actively educates students about responsible alcohol use, and enforces laws and university policies for the safety and health of our students and others. 

We will investigate any report, and we strongly encourage anyone who suspects or knows of any occurrences of dangerous behavior or student misconduct to report them 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.

http://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/no-hazing/

http://miamioh.edu/student-life/fraternity-sorority-life/member-resources/anti-hazing/index.html


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