Allegations of hazing under investigation at Miami University

Ohio

OXFORD, Ohio (WLWT) – Miami University released a report Monday, detailing allegations of hazing at a campus fraternity.

Miami University’s Delta Tau Delta house was empty Monday not only because it’s spring break, but because the international fraternity suspended this chapter for what the organization calls “a serious and credible report of dangerous hazing.”

According to a redacted report released by Miami University, a Delta Tau Delta pledge said he and 24 other pledges attended a mandatory event at the fraternity house March 16.

The student said he was paddled during a hazing ritual which led to bruising and cuts.

He said it was a “paddle with spikes and grooves,” and he was hit “15 times on the buttocks.”

The teen said he was “blindfolded” and, “I could not leave even when I requested.”

He said he was forced to drink large amounts of alcohol and marijuana, and was spit at in the face and kicked.

He said at one point he “was very intoxicated and they hit me more and more with wooden paddles.”

Eventually he told someone, possibly while at a different location, “call 911, I feel like I’m going to die.”

The pledge said he spent roughly seven hours in the hospital with a “blood alcohol content of .231.”

That’s nearly three times the legal limit.

Miami University declined WLWT’s interview requests.

But President Gregory Crawford released a statement Friday saying he was “disheartened and outraged by the behavior outlined in the complaint. Hazing is not tolerated on our campus.”

Miami University police have not responded to WLWT’s repeated requests for public documents, including any 911 calls that may have been placed to its dispatch center.

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