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Six Fraternities Disaffiliate from USC Over Strict Party Rules

Six Fraternities Disaffiliate from USC Over Strict Party Rules

“We are disappointed that some USC fraternities are following an unfortunate national trend by disaffiliating from the university”

You would think that the school would be pleased by this news but they seem pretty angry about it.

From the Los Angeles Times, via Yahoo News:

6 fraternities disaffiliate from USC, prompting harsh warnings from university

In a mutiny against strict party rules imposed last year following allegations of frat house sexual assaults, six USC fraternities formally disaffiliated from the university Friday — prompting warnings of “serious ramifications” from campus administrators.

“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 an Instagram statement Friday night. “This decision seems to be driven by the desire to eliminate university oversight of their operations … and goes against 130 years of tradition.”

USC officials had given fraternities a Friday deadline to convey their decision, as students prepare to return to campus next week. Monique S. Allard, interim vice president for student affairs, told The Times on Friday that officials are still actively engaged in conversations to persuade other fraternity leaders to stay affiliated and benefit from the vast health and safety resources offered by campus professionals.

Fraternities that choose to disaffiliate will lose the right to use the USC logo or brand, access the campus Greek life portal, participate in campuswide committees and club fairs and secure personal and professional leadership opportunities, according to an Aug. 6 letter sent by Allard and Devin Walker, director for fraternity and sorority leadership development.

“Like other universities across the country, we will strongly recommend that our students not join fraternities that are unaffiliated with USC,” the letter said. “In fact, we would post the names of unaffiliated chapters online and actively dissuade students from joining such organizations.”

Despite those warnings, six of the 15 chapters in the USC Interfraternity Council so far have chosen to sever their relationship with USC. They are Kappa Alpha Order, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau.

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Comments

Interesting– never thought I would see the day where I side with fraternities! Sadly, and I say this as a college professor, university admins have become crazier than the worst students.

    healthguyfsu in reply to davey1983. | August 15, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    And we’re not talking about rogue party nuts here….almost half of their council (aka their civic relationship with their frats) is effectively resigning and raising the finger.

    Something is definitely up with whatever the admins have cooked to cause this.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 15, 2022 at 2:42 pm

I never understood the appeal of frats in the first place. I went around during rush week twice. Not for me.

That being said, why the sudden concern from the university officials?

    The concern is that someone is calling the university’s bluff. They throw around whatever rules they want and just assume the frats will go along with them or risk going unaffiliated.

    Well, now they are.

    henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | August 15, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    What you’re seeing here is secession.
    Tyrants don’t like secession, because it leads to freedom and independence.
    These are not teeny franchises, either — they are chapters of major nationals.
    And to see this in California, of all places, is heartening.
    Sadly, they only asserted themselves to “fight for their right to party.”
    But history is full of communities making the right moves for the wrong reasons.

    What is the appeal of frats? Epic parties in school… but networking advantages later in life, same as for the Masons, the Rotary, and churches aplenty.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | August 15, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      I thought all that frats were for is parties. That, and feeling a sense of exclusivity.

      Dimsdale in reply to henrybowman. | August 15, 2022 at 10:32 pm

      Why would frats stay affiliated when they know that the creeping wokeism will infect them and eventually find ways to accuse them of alleged “crimes” and lawsuits/suspensions/expulsions if they do not obey.

      As an aside, you don’t need a frat to go to epic parties. I can recall a few by the rugby team. They don’t play with helmets, you know….

        henrybowman in reply to Dimsdale. | August 16, 2022 at 6:32 pm

        These days, I’m unsure whether the creeping wokeism would be imposed on the frats from outside or from inside.

    Ditto, not for me either. “….for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.”

The problem is, you can’t hold an individual fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general?

In fact, isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can blame USC, but I don’t want to hear you badmouth the United States of America!

It would be interesting to hear the views and reasons of the fraternities who are choosing this path. I think it may be more than just parties. But I’m not excluding that possibility.