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After Hospitalizations, USC Cracks Down on Frat Parties

The University of Southern California is cracking down on student parties after the recent hospitalization of several people, including a woman who was seriously injured last weekend.

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A house on fraternity row near USC, where officials are cracking down on partying.

The woman, a student at Loyola Marymount University, fell off a table at a fraternity party and was rushed to an emergency room. The fraternity that hosted the party was placed on social probation.

Four people per week, on average, are transported to a hospital from USC’s Fraternity Row, the Daily Trojan reported. Between Oct. 10 and Oct. 13, seven revelers were hospitalized for excessive drinking.

In a letter sent Tuesday to leaders of sororities and fraternities on campus, USC officials said that parties must now be registered in advance with the university and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Other regulations that are being instituted by the school include:

  • Registered parties will only be allowed between 3 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Fire inspections will be conducted.
  • Student identification cards will be required for entrance.
  • No events will be allowed during the school week.

Not all students believe the new rules will be permanent.

“This has happened a lot of times before, so I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” said USC student Daniel Guevara. “They close down the The Row for a week and it picks back up.”

USC was ranked 24th on U.S. News and World Report’s most recent list of America’s top colleges. The university was ranked fourth on Playboy magazine’s list of top party schools.