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USC considering discipline over photos showing sex on roof of campus building

March 29, 2011 |  4:27 pm

USC officials said they are considering whether disciplinary action is necessary after photos appeared on the Internet showing two people purportedly having sex on the roof of a campus building.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Denzil Suite said university officials are investigating whether the apparent romp on the top of 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 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."

-- Andrew Blankstein