Bloomberg Law
March 4, 2021, 8:18 PM

USC Fraternity’s Six-Year Suspension for Hazing Upheld on Appeal

Maeve Allsup
Maeve Allsup
Legal Reporter

The University of Southern California’s decision to suspend the local chapter of a fraternity for six years following a student complaint was supported by substantial evidence and didn’t violate any fundamental rights, a state appellate court said.

USC, in response to a complaint submitted by former Theta Xi member John Schaar in 2018, began investigating allegations that the fraternity had hazed new members in the falls of 2016 and 2017, and had served alcohol at recruitment events.

The university found that the Alpha Nu chapter had required underage pledges to participate in drinking games and subjected them to requirements “likely ...

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