- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina has reached agreement with the Kappa Sigma fraternity to shorten its suspension for alcohol violations.

Multiple media outlets reported that Kappa Sigma was placed on suspension by its national office in November 2104 until 2019 for hazing, alcohol abuse and controlled-substance violations. The fraternity was also reviewing more than $20,000 in chapter money used to pay loans and legal fees.

The fraternity had just completed a three-year probation for alcohol violations when it was kicked off campus in 2014.

The school did not offer details on what the fraternity did to shorten the suspension.

“Kappa Sigma alumni presented a plan to the university to establish a colony after a two-year suspension,” USC spokesman Wes Hickman said in a statement.

The agreement allows the chapter limited use of its house in the school’s Greek Village during the spring. Full access to the building will be restored in the fall. The fraternity is also on probation for a year.

Kappa Sigma was one of three USC fraternity chapters closed during the 2014-15 school year.

Pi Kappa Alpha was closed a year ago after a pledge died from alcohol poisoning. The fraternity was restored at the end of last year.

Delta Tau Delta was shut down after repeated alcohol violations and remains closed until 2018.

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