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USM fraternity chapter exits house amid behavior issues

December 16, 2018

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A University of Southern Mississippi fraternity chapter has left its house after university officials and the fraternity’s headquarters concluded the chapter had behavior problems.

Members of the Sigma Chi chapter have vacated their university-owned house. Though the chapter continues to exist, it won’t be allowed to conduct social events for a year and won’t be allowed to serve alcohol for 18 months.

USM spokesman Jim Coll says the chapter won’t recruit new members in the spring or next fall.

Coll says USM believes the chapter needs “holistic improvement” and that its headquarters has an overhaul plan. Besides social and alcohol bans, the plan includes a membership review and education on planning, alcohol and drug abuse and personal responsibility.

The university will determine if Sigma Chi can reclaim its house.

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