Saturday Buzz: Six Fraternities Cut Ties To USC

Six fraternities chose to disaffiliate from USC in response to strict rules enacted after multiple accusations of sexual assault at parties last year.

Kappa Alpha Order, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau have cut ties. That’s six of 15 fraternities in USC’s Interfraternity Council.

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

“This decision is detrimental 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.”

REACTION: It’s hard to find anyone to root for in this conflict. The fraternities have not controlled their behavior over the years and brought a lot of the sanctions on themselves.

Meanwhile, the university has bungled handling issues with Greek life. The student affairs office had numerous employees run off by the Max Nikias administration who are now running students affairs at other colleges. It’s just another aspect of Nikias’ heavy handed behavior still impacting USC.

Carol Folt will try to smile through it but we’ll see how USC and these fraternities co-exist if anything happens to hurt the university’s reputation.

19 thoughts on “Saturday Buzz: Six Fraternities Cut Ties To USC

      1. Oh man your ‘treehouse’ got banned bummer or is it just ‘…I have been tasked to uphold the Greek/Masonic connections…’ for the Bachelors Ball fest.

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  1. I’ve never thought much of frat fags & sorority bitches. 😛

    Always seemed the way to go if you were socially challenged and couldn’t make friends in a more natural way. But if I hadn’t been a commuter, I might feel differently.

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  2. Nothing new here. The university started buying Greek homes back in the early 80s. Some fraternities were willing to become tenants in the houses they used to own, but IIRC the deal was that the university could move your chapter into another university-owned house as they saw fit (presumably with the customary notice that the lease would not be renewed). Anyway, even back then those of us who belonged to a Greek letter organization saw it for what it was: a way to exert greater control over what went on over on 28th Street.

    IMHO the university has been trying for the last 40 years to make Greek life less and less fun. If I were a student today, I probably would not bother joining.

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  3. So what is the effect of disaffiliation? Do the fraternities still operate, but have no ties to the school? If they own their own property, I don’t see a reason why they can’t still function.

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