Hazing remains a national problem

Whatever it takes to stop vicious, dangerous hazing by college and university fraternities needs to be done — by both higher education officials and law enforcement agencies.

Another disturbing report came out this week, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, a student said he was hazed by fraternity members who used a spiked paddle to beat him, kicked him and forced him to drink a large quantity of alcohol. He had to be taken to a hospital. Miami University officials suspended the fraternity, Delta Tau Delta.

Just last year, an Ohio University student at the Athens campus died after being beaten, forced to drink a gallon of alcohol in an hour, deprived of sleep and forced to take drugs. His parents have sued the fraternity, Sigma Pi.

And, at last report, a West Virginia University student, David Rusko, remained hospitalized with brain injuries after an accident at a fraternity. Its members waited for two hours after Rusko was hurt to summon help. WVU has taken action against them.

After decades in which too many in higher education tolerated misbehavior at fraternities, many are adopting a zero-tolerance policy. It’s about time.


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