OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A suspended fraternity at Miami University in southern Ohio has sued the school for $10 million.
Phi Kappa Tau was one of two fraternities suspended after an incident earlier this month involving a fireworks battle between frat houses that police say led to the discovery of illegal drugs.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phi Kappa Tau claims in the lawsuit that the university acted recklessly and maliciously when they imposed the punishment. The federal action also claims the suspension interferes with the fraternity’s business operations and violates members’ constitutional rights.
A federal judge on Tuesday refused to intervene immediately, rejecting the fraternity’s request for a temporary restraining order that would lift the suspension.
A spokeswoman said the university “followed our policy” when it suspended the fraternity.