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Report details allegations of 'serious and dangerous hazing' at fraternity house

Report details allegations of 'serious and dangerous hazing' at fraternity house Photo: WLWT.

March 25, 2019 09:49 PM

OXFORD, Ohio (WLWT) -- 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 Monday by Miami University, a Delta Tau Delta pledge said he and 24 other pledges attended a mandatory event at the fraternity house on March 16.

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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 that he was hit "15 times on the buttocks." The teen also said he was "blindfolded" and that he couldn't leave even when he 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, "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.

The university declined interview requests from WLWT 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 repeated requests for public documents by WLWT, including any 911 calls that may have been placed to its dispatch center.

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