Who knew we’d be reporting on this again, and so soon! We were figuring the fraternities of the University of South Carolina were off the hook for their pre-semester rush antics, but it looks like the ghosts of summer’s past have come back to bite at least one brotherhood.
A report by The State newspaper says The University of South Carolina has suspended two fraternities after separate incidents, the university said Wednesday.
USC officials are biting their tongues as to which fraternities were suspended. They’re also being tight-lipped about specific details as to what led to the suspensions, saying only one incident involved an alleged violation of new member activities and the other involved an allegation of a substance-related violation of the student code of conduct.
The university said they suspended one fraternity on Oct. 31 and the other on Nov. 4.
Jerry Brewer, USC’s associate vice president for student affairs, said the suspensions meant the fraternities would not be allowed to carry out chapter activities. But, he could not say exactly how long, only giving some vague response similar to what your mom would say after she grounded you for missing curfew. He estimated, for “as long as it takes to get the appropriate information necessary to determine whether the allegations are factual.”
USC suspended rush for all fraternities in August after several incidents university officials said were tied to underage and excessive drinking, including where one boy was found unresponsive at a party. The university later lifted those suspensions.
But not before the girls had something to contribute. In September, police wrote 31 citations for underage drinking at a party in a house rented by a USC sorority member.
Lest we forget USC’s top party school ranking, maybe it’s just in their blood…literally.