Suspended Ohio Fraternity Sues University For $10M

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A fraternity at Miami University in southern Ohio has sued the school for $10 million, arguing that university officials acted with "malice, hatred and ill will" by suspending the organization for having a fireworks battle with another fraternity house, which led police to find marijuana.

The lawsuit, filed by the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Tuesday, said university officials violated members' constitutional rights by suspending the fraternity without providing an appeal process and despite the fact that police had not filed charges.

University spokeswoman Claire Wagner said the school acted in the best interest of student safety and followed written policy by suspending the fraternity, which included forcing its youngest members — all sophomores — to move back into on-campus housing.

"Any activity that so readily may cause harm to people or their homes, we have to be aware of and do our best to protect those students," Wagner said.

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