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Couple's apparent rooftop sex at USC, captured in photos online, was 'poor judgment,' school official says

March 30, 2011 |  6:55 am

Officials at USC said they believed the incident in which two people apparently had sex on the roof of a campus building was an isolated one. Pictures of the couple were posted online.

The Daily Trojan quoted a statement released by the president of USC Kappa Sigma acknowledging that the man in the photos was a fraternity member and that he had been suspended "for conduct unbecoming of a Kappa Sigma and a gentleman."

Denzil Suite, associate vice president at USC for student affairs, told the Los Angeles Times in an email that university officials were not concerned with the Kappa Sigma fraternity, the overwhelming majority of whose members "comport themselves in a manner consistent with the ideals of the organization and the university."

"Rather it is about the poor judgment of one of our students and his guest," Suite said.

Officials said they were considering whether disciplinary action was necessary in the case. Suite said university officials were investigating whether the apparent romp on the top of a 12-story red-brick edifice constituted a violation of university policies that prohibit unauthorized access to building roofs.

"There is an alarm system in place for roof access, which is how we were first notified of the intrusion," Suite said. "We will be following up. However, the university does not publicly discuss issues of campus discipline because of prevailing privacy laws and concerns."

The photos of the man and woman went viral after they were posted Saturday night, according to a report in the Daily Trojan, which broke the story.

The paper quoted USC Interfraternity Council President Pat Lauer on Monday as saying the group was “appalled by the actions associated with the individuals in the pictures, and will work tirelessly to reverse the negative stereotypes such an action has perpetuated.”

The Daily Trojan reported Wednesday that fraternity officials were considering a new program to educate members on the “importance of maintaining positive social images.”

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-- Andrew Blankstein

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