Ohio University began an investigation into the Ohio University Marching Band Thursday after it received reports of hazing allegations.

The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility issued an administrative directive to the Marching 110 to immediately stop all non-academic group activities, according to a news release. 

Band members are required to enroll in marching band courses for academic credit, so they will still be permitted to perform at university-sanctioned events, including athletic events and in the Homecoming Parade.

The university is working to expedite the investigation process for all of the recent allegations of hazing that have been reported over the last month, according to the release. 

The Division of Student Affairs is developing a website where updates to any organization violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be posted, according to the release.

The university suspended all Interfraternity Council chapters last Thursday until further notice and has issued cease and desist letters to 13 organizations, including 9 fraternities, 3 sororities and a professional fraternity

The organizations that have not been served a cease and desist letter have been given permission by the university to hold planning meetings and must submit their reinstatement plans by Oct. 16 for university approval, according to the release. 

“Hazing is not tolerated at Ohio University within our sororities and fraternities, our athletic teams, sports clubs, registered student organizations, groups or anywhere else,” according to the release. “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.”

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