USC fraternity suspended for four years for hazing incident

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of South Carolina has been suspended until 2023 for violating the code of conduct of both the university and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

In an official statement, USC’s Director of Public Relations Jeff Stensland said, “Operations of the Epsilon-Psi chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of South Carolina have been suspended until at least August 2023, effective Nov. 11, 2019.

“The suspension is supported by the organization’s national office and follows a university investigation in which evidence of member hazing was uncovered. Hazing is not tolerated at the University of South Carolina, and those who engage in the practice face disciplinary action.

“The university provides extensive education and training to new and existing members of fraternities and sororities about hazing and other abusive behaviors, and how to report it if it occurs. The reporting process worked in this case, resulting in the organization and its members being held accountable for their actions.

“We encourage anyone who knows of hazing activities in any student organization to contact the university’s 24/7 reporting hotline at 803-777-5800.”

Tad Lichtenauer, spokesman for Lambda Chi Alpha, said that the Lambda Chi Alpha Board of Directors became aware of the latest accusations against the Columbia chapter in October 2019 and voted to suspend operations of the Epsilon-Psi chapter effective Nov. 10.

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