USC announced Friday it will require all students who wish to participate in Greek organization recruitment must complete a minimum of 12 academic units and have a minimum USC GPA of 2.5, beginning in the fall of 2018.

The decision followed a continued review of the most effective ways to support students in their first year of enrollment, USC Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry wrote in a letter to the USC community.

“This is the toughest year of the transition to college life as students experience the most social and academic challenges,” Carry wrote.

“A number of our peer institutions have implemented policies that support first-year students by allowing them time to acclimate to the university’s academic and social climate before participating in Greek-letter organizations.”

Carry wrote that he read “dozens of emails from parents, alumnae and students” and read the “Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council’s thoughtful position statements on the topic” and “heard from voices on both sides of the discussion,” before making the decision.

Associated Vice Provost for Student Affairs Monique Sosa Allard will chair a task force to develop the specifics of the policy change, Carry wrote.

The task force will also consist of representatives from Greek Council leadership, Undergraduate Student Government, Residential Student Government and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership. The task force will begin meeting in early October, Carry wrote.

“We continue to value our Greek organizations and their role in our campus community and look forward to working together,” Carry said.

— City News Service

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