USC Officials Ban Weekday Frat Parties Following Alcohol Related InjuriesBy Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
The University of Southern California has placed the school's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) on social probation after Carson Barenborg, a student from Loyola Marymount University, sustained serious injuries at the fraternity party held Thursday. Barenborg is reported to have fallen from a DJ table at the party.
"With regard to the case of a student from Loyola Marymount University injured at an unregistered party, the university has placed the chapter where the injury occurred on immediate social probation," a University statement said. "Social events at the chapter will be prohibited until this matter is resolved. Student Affairs is in communication with the chapter's national office to coordinate the response and possible disciplinary action."
The university has now imposed new sanctions on student parties after seven other people were hospitalized due to excessive alcohol consumption between Oct. 10 and Oct. 13. According to Dept. of Public Safety incident logs, of the eight injuries, four of them were reported to have occurred on 'The Row,' while the remaining two occurred within two blocks, Daily Trojan reports.
Plus, every weekend, an average of four students are hospitalized from 'The Row' for alcohol intoxication.
The new sanctions have been listed in a memo sent Tuesday from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Beth Saul and Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development Ray Carlos to leaders of sororities and fraternities on campus.
According to the new sanctions, parties must now be registered in advance with the university and the Los Angeles Fire Department; no parties will be conducted on weekdays, which means this year, Halloween party will not be held as it falls on a Thursday; school ID is required for admission to a social event; registered parties will be held between 3:00 p.m. Friday and 5:00 p.m. Sunday and fire inspections will be conducted beforehand.
However, certain students believe that the new rules will not be strictly followed.
"This has happened a lot of times before, so I don't think it's that big of a deal," USC student Daniel Guevara told KTLA. "They close down the The Row for a week and it picks back up."