Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Southern California

All is Quiet on Greek Row in Temporary Party Ban

Greek organizations initiate a three week ban on parties in order to promote student health and safety

A temporary ban has been put on parties along USC's fraternity row, although the ban is not coming from the university's administration but from within the Greek organizations themselves.

A three-week party ban has hit Greek Row. (Photo by ATVN Staff)
A three-week party ban has hit Greek Row. (Photo by ATVN Staff)

Presidents of each fraternity and sorority on West 28th Street voluntarily postponed social events both on and off campus for the next three weeks, in an acknowledgement to university officials that Greek organizations are serious about student safety.

Thus far in September, USC has reported 21 hospital transports compared to just 14 during the entire month of September 2011, and officials worry that student parties have grown out of control.

"We've noticed an uptake in alcohol-related transports and by this I mean students are so intoxicated that they go from being drunk to being a medical emergency and it requires attention by paramedics and transport to the hospital," said Captain David Carlisle of USC's Department of Public Safety.

Students have questioned whether a ban is the most effective method to promote safety, and they also note that the quality of student life will diminish.

"Now that this ban thing is going on, literally nothing can happen at the house and it's hard times to have fun at USC right now," said fraternity member Alex Jones.

"You have to assume that once this becomes widespread that people will go elsewhere to party, Greek people included," said Colby Audette.

Fraternities are required to cancel all events until October 7th.

Leave a comment

We've Moved!

By Sam Bergum
01/21/16 | 11:09 a.m. PST

Visit us at!

USC Basketball Knocks Off Rival UCLA 89- 75

By Scott Cook
01/14/16 | 12:05 a.m. PST

USC defeats UCLA with stellar play from their Freshmen. 

Holiday Bowl - USC vs Wisconsin Post-Game Press Conference

Su'a Cravens: "It's the players that need to step up"

Darreus Rogers: "It comes down to the players"

Trojans Fall to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl 23-21

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.