Investigation of viral email continues
Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:02 am in News
A student has come forward with information about the viral Kappa Sigma email that circulated around the university campus and beyond, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson.
Jackson said the university is currently reviewing the information the student provided to see if it changes the universityâs view of what happened.
Jackson sent an email to the university community last month, saying the university had learned in its investigation that a USC student did not write the email. Instead, the university said, a friend at an East Coast university forwarded it to the student who sent it to the USC Kappa Sigma listserv.
Mitchell Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, said the Kappa Sigma Fraternity nationals has completed its investigation of the viral email. Wilson said the investigation was not able to determine who created the email, but the individuals at USC involved with forwarding the email and making inappropriate comments in response to the email are in the process of being disciplined. Wilson did not talk about the punishments.
Wilson also said Kappa Sigma nationals will soon be conducting a membership review of USCâs Kappa Sigma chapter.
âWe go in and meet with each individual and we review them, we look at their record of membership in the chapter and what theyâve done,â Wilson said. âWe have to have some affirmation that they are committed to the values of our fraternity and that they are going to live by these values.â
Wilson said membership reviews for Kappa Sigma chapters occur on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who are found in violation of Kappa Sigmaâs principles will be suspended or expelled from the fraternity.
âWe wish to make very sure that we have the men going forward who are going to represent our fraternity in a positive fashion,â Wilson said.