After Student Is Injured, USC Cracks Down on Frat Parties

A student from Loyola Marymount University fell and hurt her head and neck at a party last week

By Samantha Tata
|  Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 6:27 AM PDT
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After Injury, USC Cracks Down on Frat Parties

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The remaining fall semester may be quieter on USC’s Fraternity Row, now that the campus has imposed strict rules against the Greek community after a student was injured at a party.

All large parties thrown by fraternities and sororities are now limited to a window between 3 p.m. Fridays until 5 p.m. Sundays, and must be registered with and approved by the university in advance, said Ainsley Carry, vice provost for USC Student Affairs.

Guests will be allowed into those parties only if they are on a list, and USC identification will be required to get into any event.

Parties where alcohol is present, there is loud or live music and that last beyond 10 p.m. are governed by this policy, according to the university.

"Effective immediately as a result of the Greek community's inconsistency this semester in promoting a safe and orderly social atmosphere through self-governance, the university is requiring strict compliance with our social events policy for the rest of the semester,” Carry said in a statement.

A student from Loyola Marymount University hurt her head and neck when she fell from a table at an “unregistered” fraternity party about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, campus officials said. Her condition was not known Tuesday evening.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which hosted the party where the student was injured, is on social probation, meaning all social events at the chapter are prohibited until further notice, Carry said.

The case is being handled by USC’s Office of Student Judicial and Community Standards.

“The trends this semester in alcohol related incidents are not promising and therefore SCampus policy will be unconditionally adhered to, meaning that social activities are prohibited during weekdays,” the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council said in a statement.

The student organization said there were “several alcohol incidents” between last Thursday night and Saturday morning.

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