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.