USC investigation: 6 fraternities have severed ties with university over crackdown on parties

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Six fraternities have decided to break away from USC to protest strict rules enacted after multiple allegations of sexual assault at frat parties last year.

Kappa Alpha Order, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Zeta Beta Tau—six of the 15 fraternities in USC’s Interfraternity Council—severed their ties with USC. The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

The school had given the fraternities a Friday deadline to make a decision, The Times reported. The fall semester is scheduled to begin on August 22nd.

“We are disappointed that some USC liaisons are following an unfortunate national trend by retiring from the university – against our strong recommendations.” USC said in a statement posted to Instagram Friday night. “This decision seems driven by a desire to remove the university’s oversight of its operations. Members resent procedures and protocols aimed at preventing sexual assault and substance abuse and addressing issues of mental health and underage drinking. They also object to being able to rush freshmen in the fall — a practice that has repeatedly proven unsafe for new students. They also delay the time it takes to investigate serious issues like sexual assault. These investigations and their length are regulated by the state and federal governments,” the statement continued.

“Like the members of all unaffiliated organizations, their members will still be subject to the same high standards of behavior as the rest of our students, but they will no longer receive the privileges accorded to groups sanctioned by the university… During the expulsion of these fraternities, only a very much so While this is a small percentage of our student body, we care deeply about the well-being of our students.

“This decision is disadvantageous and contradicts 130 years of tradition. We urge students not to join these independent organizations or attend their events, and we will continue to uphold our high expectations for behavior in our neighboring communities.”

The six fraternities that severed ties with USC made no comment to The Times.

USC President Carol Folt admitted last fall that the university waited too long to update the campus community about allegations of drug use and possible sexual assault at fraternity parties.

The allegations led to the Interfraternity Council halting all social activities in campus sororities after the Department of Public Safety announced the allegations.

The new rules, announced in January, include the posting of security guards on stairways or hallways leading to bedrooms during parties and mandatory sexual violence prevention training for all fraternity members.

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