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USC Cracks Down On Fraternities

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 24 (UPI) — The University of South Carolina has temporarily barred its fraternities from holding rush for new members.

The ban is to be lifted Friday for 11 fraternities, The (Columbia) State reported. It will remain in place for seven while their operations are reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct.

Officials said the block on issuing bids to prospective new members was imposed last week because of reports of parties featuring drinking and exotic dancers.

At least one fraternity hired a lawyer and was prepared to argue the university’s actions were unfair because fraternities not accused of wrongdoing were also being punished and discriminatory became sororities were not targeted. J. Todd Kincannon, the lawyer, would not say which fraternity hired him.

University officials held a closed meeting Tuesday night with alumni members of the fraternities involved. No current students were present.

“We got unanimous support that the culture at the University of South Carolina needs to change,” Keith Ellis, associate director of fraternity life, said. “Our message is that they should enforce their national policies.”

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