Sorority puts chapter on probation after off-campus party bust

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The national office of Delta Delta Delta has put its University of South Carolina chapter on probation while it investigates an off-campus house party that resulted in 31 people being cited for underage drinking.

A representative from the Tri Delta executive office said the USC chapter is on "investigative probation" and is to cease all social activities until the investigation is complete.

A staff member from the national office in Arlington, TX will travel to Columbia this weekend to meet with the local chapter and the university.

On September 1, Columbia police officers wrote 31 citations for underage drinking at an off-campus house party for the 21st birthday of one of its residents.

According to a Columbia Police Department incident report, police busted the party at a home rented by a Delta Delta Delta sorority member around 11:30 p.m.

While driving by the home on Queen St., police noticed a loud party and several people that appeared to be underage on the porch. When officers went to the front and back doors of the house, several of the suspects began to run, the report stated.

An 18-year-old man who ran from police was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop on Police Command and Possession of Alcohol By a Person Under 21. He was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

The other 30 people inside the house admitted to drinking underage, according to the report, and were cited and field booked for Underage Alcohol Possession.

The police report doesn't say whether the men and women were University of South Carolina students, but one of those cited was the 20-year-old treasurer of USC's Delta Delta Delta chapter.

USC vice president Jerry Brewer says action against the chapter depends on whether it was an official sorority event.

USC suspended the new member process for fraternities last month. Seven fraternities were accused of providing alcohol to underage recruits during rush parties. Fraternities in good standing invited new members to join a week later.

Copyright 2011 WIS. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.