Report: USC suspends rush at 13 fraternities

The University of South Carolina suspended 13 fraternity chapters from recruiting new members for alcohol and risk-managemennt violations, according to a published report.

New member recruitment started formally this week at USC. But the school’s interfraternity council halted rush for 13 chapters after discovering events the violated USC and national fraternities policies, according to The Daily Gamecock.

The other chapters are allowed to continue recruitment. Bid day is Monday. USC has 27 fraternity chapters as of last spring.

The school has stepped up sanctioning fraternities for rules violations in recent years.

USC halted new member recruitment temporarily at all fraternities in 2011 after seven chapters were cited for alcohol violations.

Last school year, three fraternity chapters at USC closed because of alcohol and hazing violations, including one after the death of a pledge.

An analysis by The State found that all but three of the university’s 17 largest fraternity chapters last year were cited for alcohol, drug or hazing violations since 2011, according to school records.