The University of South Carolina and Kappa Sigma have reached an agreement that allows a chapter of the fraternity to cut by three years its suspension for hazing and alcohol violations.
Kappa Sigma was one of three USC fraternity chapters closed during the 2014-15 school year.
Pi Kappa Alpha, which was closed a year ago after a pledge died from alcohol poisoning was removed from suspension by its national office at the end of 2015, according to a USC web page. The chapter is listed on the university’s online list of fraternities.
Delta Tau Delta, shut down after repeated alcohol violations, remains closed until 2018.
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Kappa Sigma has been reinstated as a recognized student organization, according to a statement from USC.
The chapter will have limited use of its house in USC’s Greek Village during the spring semester and can return full time when classes resume in the fall. Kappa Sigma is on probation for a year, according to a USC web page.
The university did not say what Kappa Sigma did to cut its suspension, supposed to last until 2019.
“Kappa Sigma alumni presented a plan to the university to establish a colony after a two-year suspension,” USC spokesman Wes Hickman said in a statement.
Efforts to reach officials at Kappa Sigma’s national office were unsuccessful.
In November 2014, the Kappa Sigma chapter was removed from USC after allegations of hazing, alcohol abuse and controlled-substance violations by its national office. The fraternity also was examining more than $20,000 in chapter money used to pay loans and legal fees.
When it was kicked off campus, Kappa Sigma just had finished a three-year probation for alcohol violations during pledge recruitment.
Kappa Sigma members disputed the version of events shared by the national office. They say university officials exaggerated to national fraternity representatives the violations found during a police raid of a pledge event at an off-campus home.
The USC chapter appealed Kappa Sigma’s suspension. The outcome of the appeal a year ago never was released publicly. Kappa Sigma was among the largest fraternity chapters on campus, with more than 130 members, when it was removed.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit by the corporation that owns the Kappa Sigma house at USC against the university has been dropped.