Moderator: Some history–Barry Ballou died at the University of South Carolina in a hazing case I wrote about at some length in Broken Pledges. The court case is on this law firm’s page.
USC Gamecock story follows:
USC has suspended Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity from all university activities due to a hazing allegation, and its president resigned Tuesday afternoon.
David Corso confirmed his resignation in an interview with The Daily Gamecock but declined further comment. Calls to the fraternityâ€™s national headquarters went unreturned late Tuesday.
The university is currently investigating the complaint and declined to disclose exactly what misdeeds the fraternity has committed. When a hearing will take place on the complaint isnâ€™t known, said Jerry Brewer, USCâ€™s associate vice president for student affairs.
â€œAs far as I know, no one has been physically harmed,â€ Brewer said. â€œNo one was in danger that weâ€™re aware of.â€
Brewer said the university suspends activities anytime there is a â€œreasonable reportâ€ filed alleging hazing. He also said the university has suspended another fraternity but wouldnâ€™t disclose the organizationâ€™s identity until given permission to do so by university attorneys. Brewer said the â€œsecond organization was not suspended for hazing.â€
Sigma Phi Epsilon was recently removed from the universityâ€™s list of Homecoming participants. Lambda Chi Alpha was also removed from the list.
When asked specifically if Sigma Phi Epsilon is under suspension, Brewer wouldnâ€™t â€œconfirm or deny.â€ Sigma Phi Epsilon President Matt Barnhill wouldnâ€™t comment when reached Tuesday, and several attempts for comment to the organizationâ€™s national headquarters went unreturned Tuesday.
USC officials suspended all fraternity rush earlier this semester in a move Brewer called unprecedented. University officials say fraternity leaders lied to university officials and provided booze to prospective new members during rush.