Six fraternities cut ties with USC over holiday crackdown

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Six fraternities chose to disaffiliate from USC to push back against strict rules enacted after multiple accusations of sexual assault at frat nights 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 on USC’s Interfraternity Council — have severed their relationship with USC, the Los Angeles reported Friday. Times.

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

“We are disappointed that some USC fraternities are following an unfortunate national trend of disaffiliating from the university — against our strong recommendations,” USC said in a statement posted to Instagram late Friday.

“This decision appears to be motivated by a desire to eliminate university oversight of their operations. Members resent procedures and protocols designed to prevent sexual assault and substance abuse and to address underage mental health and alcohol abuse issues. They also object to not being able to rush freshmen in the fall — a practice that has repeatedly proven dangerous for incoming students. Plus, they push back the time it takes to investigate serious issues like sexual assault. These investigations and their duration are regulated by the state and federal government,” the statement continued.

“Like members of all unaffiliated organizations, their members will still be held to the same high standards of behavior as the rest of our students, but they will no longer enjoy the privileges accorded to university-sanctioned groups…While the disaffiliation from these fraternities affects a very small percentage of our student population, we care deeply about the welfare of our students.

“This decision is damaging and goes against 130 years of tradition. We strongly urge students not to join these unaffiliated organizations or attend their events, and we will continue to uphold our high expectations for behavior in our neighboring communities. »

The six fraternities that cut ties with USC had no comment to The Times.

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

The allegations caused the Interfraternity Council to shut down all social activities at campus fraternities after the Department of Public Safety announced the allegations.

New rules announced in January include sending security guards to stairways or hallways leading to rooms during holidays and mandatory sexual violence prevention training for all fraternity members.

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