COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A judge in Columbia says about 30 University of South Carolina students in the Kappa Sigma fraternity house must find somewhere else to live before the new semester begins Jan. 12.
The State newspaper reported that Circuit Judge Casey Manning refused to allow the fraternity members to live in the house since the chapter lost its charter.
Kappa Sigma's national office withdrew the local chapter's charter for five years after an investigation found hazing and alcohol and drug violations. The USC chapter will appeal the charter in a February hearing.
Manning said the housemother and students failed to show they would suffer irreparable harm by moving out.
The Kappa Sigma Housing Corp. of Columbia could lose $320,000 in housing-and-dining fees if the house is empty for the spring semester