ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 10/10/19 6:10 P.M.
A hazing investigation that has resulted in the suspension of 19 fraternities and sororities at Ohio University now includes allegations involving members of the school's highly touted marching band.
In a news release Thursday afternoon, the university said the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility has started investigating hazing allegations involving the Marching 110, which has been issued an administrative directive to immediately stop all non-academic group activities.
Band members are required to enroll in marching-band courses for academic credit. As a result, the university said they will be allowed to to continue school-sanctioned activities, including public performances at athletic events and in the Homecoming Parade, which are part of their required curriculum.
The university said it is working to expedite the investigation into hazing allegations that have surfaced over the past month. So far, 15 Interfraternity Council groups, three sororities and a professional fraternity have been suspended.
Officials said an action plan for reinstatement is underway for all IFC organizations not currently under a cease-and-desist order from the CSSR office.
Those chapters have been given permission to hold planning meetings and must submit reinstatement plans for university approval by Oct. 16, the university said.
In addition, the Division of Student Affairs is currently developing a website for all student organizations and groups that are in good standing.
"Hazing is not tolerated at Ohio University within our sororities and fraternities, our athletic teams, sports clubs, registered student organizations, groups or anywhere else," the news release said. "We know that it can be difficult for students to recognize hazing and even harder to feel empowered to report such acts, and we appreciate the individuals who have come forward.
"It is important for all Ohio University community members to know that we value all of our students. We are here to help our students learn and grow so that they become responsible community members and leaders. We will never waiver in that commitment."
UPDATE: 10/10/19 12:05 P.M.
Nearly a week after Ohio University suspended 15 campus fraternities over concerns about hazing, the school has announced the suspension of three sororities and a professional fraternity.
Delta Zeta, Phi Beta Phi and Chi Omega sororities and Phi Chi Theta, a professional fraternity, have all been suspended.
The university investigation that prompted the suspension of the fraternities found hazing allegations at nine of them.
The university has also said that none of the allegations rise to a level of "actionable criminal activity."
Details of the allegations aren't being released at this time.
Ohio University has suspended all its fraternities following allegations of widespread hazing.
The university said Thursday that the suspension of the 15 fraternities was immediate and indefinite. It followed allegations within the past week of hazing at seven of the fraternities.
Jenny Hall-Jones, the university's dean of students, says it's troubling that seven fraternities have been or will be under investigation, and the university will not risk student health and safety.
In May, the university expelled a fraternity for hazing, alcohol and drug use, and other student conduct code violations after the alleged hazing of an 18-year-old freshman who died in November.
At Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a hazing allegation has led to misdemeanor charges of hazing and assault against more than a dozen fraternity members.