A fraternity has withdrawn the charter of its University of South Carolina chapter in Columbia after more than 80 members faced alcohol, hazing, and drug violations.
The State newspaper reported Tuesday that Kappa Sigma fraternity will not be allowed to return to campus until 2019. Columbia Police and USC campus police raided a house in October where some fraternity brothers lived. Police said prescription drugs were being distributed at the home and hazing violations also occurred there.
Kappa Sigma had just completed three years of probation that ended in August stemming from other underaged alcohol use by members.
The fraternity’s national executive director Mitchell Wilson told the newspaper that the organization is also reviewing spending by the USC chapter, particularly $4,000 that may have inappropriately gone towards members’ legal fees and the repayment of a $17,000 loan to the chapter’s treasurer.
A fraternity member contacted by The State said the national fraternity’s portrayal of the October police raid was “outrageous and extremely exaggerated.” He said police found alcohol in the house, but only a small amount of marijuana and prescription drugs. He had been expecting sanctions, but was surprised the chapter was kicked off campus.
It is the fourth fraternity to be removed from USC’s campus since 2011 and the second this semester, according to school student-conduct records.