In a letter released Monday, the University of South Carolina announced it had suspended 13 of its 19 fraternities from recruitment.
Jonathan Withrow, the vice president of conduct for the USC Interfraternity Council, stated that the suspensions were the result of violations in recent weeks. Withrow’s letter said the violations involved alcohol and risk management policies during the weeks leading up to formal recruitment.
According to Withrow’s letter, the suspensions were in response to a disregard of warnings issued at an emergency meeting with Fraternity and Sorority Life Associate Director Jarod Holt on Aug. 27. In spite of that meeting, the letter states that the Interfraternity Council has evidence that 13 fraternities held unsanctioned events with alcohol and violated university, fraternity council and national risk-management policies. Informal rush events are supposed to be alcohol-free.
In no uncertain terms, the letter states, “many organizations clearly did not take the meeting seriously, more drastic measures must be taken.”
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The fraternities now must hold individual meetings with the Interfraternity Council to discuss the allegations if they wish to resume recruitment, Withrow said in the letter. This will likely affect the process for hundreds of USC students with bid day scheduled on Sept. 7.
The letter listed these suspended fraternities:
- Alpha Epsilon Pi
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Chi Psi
- Delta Kappa Epsilon
- Kappa Alpha Order
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Phi Gamma Delta
- Phi Kappa Sigma
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Chi
- Theta Chi
- Tau Kappa Epsilon