University-wide statement addresses viral email
Michael L. Jackson, vice president of student affairs, sent an email to the USC community Friday regarding the Kappa Sigma email that has gone viral around campus and beyond the university.
“I write to express that the University of Southern California (USC) administration and I are appalled by the anonymous email that has circulated in our community,” Jackson wrote in the email. “It expresses repulsive views, its sentiments and language demean women, and it contradicts the values and standards of our university.”
Jackson said students who were disturbed by the email made the Office of Student Affairs aware of the viral email in early March.
“Once received, we began an immediate investigation into its origin,” Jackson wrote. “We spoke with the leadership of the USC chapter of Kappa Sigma, the group to which the email was originally sent, we consulted with the Kappa Sigma national fraternity, and we questioned the student who was associated with this email.”
Jackson said the university learned through the investigation a USC student did not create the email, and a friend at a university on the east coast forwarded it to the student who sent it to the USC Kappa Sigma listserv. The email was originally sent to the members of Kappa Sigma in November.
“The student responsible for circulating this email has been interviewed,” Jackson wrote. “He has apologized and expressed sincere regret for the incident.”
USC’s Kappa Sigma’s chapter operations have been temporarily suspended so the fraternity can investigate how the email circulated on its listserv and why immediate action was not taken to remove the email.
Jackson said USC Student Affairs’ MenCare program, which began in 2005, will be “[used] to address this situation.”
The letter to students and faculty states the opinions expressed in the viral email are not representative of the university or its values.
“We will continue to work to promote healthy relationships, open dialogue, and respect among the members of the Trojan Family — and, as an extension of our mission, to encourage the treatment of all people with dignity and respect,” Jackson wrote.