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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most University of Southern California fraternities will be allowed to start hosting parties again in March — if security guards are posted on stairways or hallways of fraternity houses that lead to guest rooms , reported the Los Angeles Times.

Strict rules released ahead of spring recruiting, known as the “rush,” follow allegations of drug addiction and sexual abuse at several fraternities last year, The Times reported on Wednesday.

All fraternity social events at the college were halted in October after the allegations surfaced.

The resumption of social activities will not apply to several suspended fraternities. An investigation into allegations of sexual abuse continues under Title IX of the federal civil rights law which prohibits gender discrimination in schools and educational programs.

Sexual violence prevention training will also be mandatory for all USC fraternity members under rules drafted by representatives of a group with representatives from fraternities, student government, other student groups, security experts and professors.

Attorney David Bianchi says this new rule will be nearly impossible to implement on campus.

“Because there are so many obligations imposed on chapters and individual members of the fraternity to try to comply with all of this, so I don’t see how it’s possible to do that.”

Bianchi, who joined “NewsNation Prime” on Thursday, said the only way for the school to end these on-campus crimes is to enforce tougher rules.

“The only way to master this is not with another seven-page document. You are going to have to immediately evict everyone involved, including the officers of each chapter when this happens. Because I believe chapter officers are in the best position to control conduct.

He continued, “There are already a million rules in every university about all of this…everything they talk about here already exists. It’s just a modified language, that’s all.

USC provost Charles Zukoski said the partnership between the group and the university is essential for the future of Greek life at the university, which has about 21,000 undergraduate students and about 4,000 members of fraternities and sororities.

In addition to preventing guests from entering rooms during parties, the rules require that security guards be posted at entry points to fraternity houses. Security companies should be hired in consultation with the university.

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