Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Conduct Update: Alpha Chi Omega (Temporary Suspension)

To: Members of the Lehigh University Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
From: Christopher J. Mulvihill, Associate Dean of Students
RE: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Alpha Chi Omega Sorority

As of the issuance of this letter on December 12, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Alpha Chi
Omega Sorority is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into
allegations that the chapter hosted, planned, and/or executed a scavenger hunt (road rally) that encouraged illegal and/or proscribed activity.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority is prohibited from conducting all activities until this suspension is lifted. This suspension applies to all organized events as well as impromptu social gatherings of members and/or guests that could be construed in any way to be an Alpha Chi Omega event.

This action is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations will begin an investigation into this incident in the immediate future and this interim suspension will remain in place until lifted by the Dean of Students.

Questions regarding this suspension should be directed to my office. I can be reached via email at
cjm9@lehigh.edu or via telephone at 610-758-4632.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alpha Epsilon Pi hosts Lehigh After Dark event



Alpha Epsilon Pi recently held a Lehigh After Dark event and offered to guest author the latest blog post. Check out the chapter's reflections below!!




Last Saturday night, Alpha Epsilon Pi co-sponsored a Lehigh After Dark Event where
people from all backgrounds and graduating classes came together to have fun in a relaxed
environment. This type of event has been becoming increasingly more popular for Greek
organizations to be a part of, and after participating in one myself, I definitely want to make an
effort to continue them into the future. We decided to do our event at Skyzone and it was a
tremendous success. We had over 30 students attend, stretching from First years to Seniors
with members of many Greek organizations in attendance as well. The Skyzone staff was
extremely grateful that we brought so many people and the event allowed Lehigh students to
connect with people they normally wouldn’t have the chance to interact with.

With the rise of student hospitalizations at Lehigh and the dangers of alcohol abuse
becoming more present, events like this serve as a good outlet for students to have fun in an
alcohol free environment, and also get a solid hour of exercise in. While it is not a goal of most
people to stop students from partying all together, taking one night a week off from partying
and focusing on an event like this where you meet new people and do something that
promotes health, while also having fun, could potentially result in a much safer and healthier
student environment. I would highly recommend other chapters to take initiative and co-
sponsor a Lehigh After Dark event; it is extremely easy to apply, organize, and fund. The staff
makes running these events incredibly easy and minimizes the heavy majority of the cost to
host. We need to repair the Greek image on campus and this could be a big step in the right
direction.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Greek Recruitment Pregame: Assessment Insight

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs launched the Greek Recruitment Pregame this fall.  This program was required for all students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority and also dubbed as a 5x10 for Inclusive Leadership.  In total, 633 students participated in the program.  Learn more about the experience in the assessment insight included below. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Delta Chi Sponsors Fundraiser with Bethlehem Area Education Foundation

 
 
Delta Chi's four cardinal values are promoting friendship, developing character, advancing justice, and assisting in the acquisition of a sound education. 

Through fundraising money for the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation, the brothers of Delta Chi are looking to spread our values by supporting and advancing the local schools. 

The purpose of the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation's event similarly aligns with the values of Delta Chi:

-Mobilize the community to promote and foster the Bethlehem Area School District.
-Support educator innovation to advance curriculum and dynamic learning environments.
-Support school district programs that emphasize Core LearningStretch LearningStudent Engagement andPersonal Skill Development.
-Foster community and family partnerships.
-Raise and leverage necessary resources to support the mission of the Foundation.
-Develop a collaborative spirit and supportive relationships between the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation, the Bethlehem Area School District and the Bethlehem Education Association.

Delta Chi is participating in the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala at the Sand Casino, sponsoring a table to benefit the city's schools and enable its teachers to pursue special projects with its students. The event has a minimum fundraising mark of $500, however Lehigh Delta Chi has set the objective at $5000 because all proceeds are going to the district and the tremendous faculty who advance its goals. While $5000 is our goal it is certainly not our ceiling, and any extra proceeds will go directly to the foundation. Any donation, small or large, is greatly appreciated by both Delta Chi, the community, and the students of Bethlehem!

The Link to the GoFundMe Page is below: 

Please Contact Lehigh Delta Chi's Philanthropy Chair, Matt Gibson, mlg220@lehigh.edu, with any questions or comments on this campaign!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha

Update 12/05/2017
Pi Kappa Alpha has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an incident on November 17, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Community O1 (Organizational failure to seek medical attention)
Violation of Part II.d. of the Medical Amnesty Policy which states that student organizations are required to seek medical attention for members or guests when any potential health risk is observed.

The chapter pleaded responsible for the above-mentioned charges and will move to a sanctions-only hearing prior to the end of the semester.

Update: 11/17/2017
To: Members of the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

From: Holly A. Taylor, Associate Director for Student Conduct & Community Expectations

RE: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

As of the issuance of this letter on November 17, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into a student who was hospitalized after drinking at a Pi Kappa Alpha event.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is prohibited from
conducting all social activities until this suspension is lifted. This suspension applies to all organized
social events (ex: registered parties, tailgates, etc.) as well as impromptu social gatherings of members and/or guests that could be construed in any way to be a “Pi Kappa Alpha Event”. This includes all social events on and off campus.

This action is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations will begin an investigation into this incident in the immediate future and this interim suspension will remain in place until lifted by the Dean of Students.

Questions regarding this suspension should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations.

Original Post: 11/17/2017

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on November 17, 2017 in which Pi Kappa Alpha's actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Violating the Lehigh University Social Policy 1.D.11.a (11. Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is
prohibited. a. Any occasion where the atmosphere or circumstances are such that the intended or likely outcome is to either abuse alcohol or become intoxicated. Examples of irresponsible distribution of alcohol include but are not limited to kegs, funnels, shot parties, hotel parties, Beirut games, pong ball, scorpion bowls, chugging contests or other organized drinking games.)

2. Violation of Part II.d. of the Medical Amnesty Policy which states that student organizations are
required to seek medical attention for members or guests when any potential health risk is observed.
You are required to contact me, Holly Taylor, immediately upon receipt of this letter to set up an
appointment to discuss this matter. Appointments are made by calling (610) 758-4632. Failure to do so within three business days may result in further charges being filed against you, or the matter being referred to a hearing. The Lehigh University Code of Conduct may be found online at
http://www.lehigh.edu/go/codeofconduct.

Conduct Update: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Update: 11.27.2017
The University Committee on Discipline will meet to impose sanctions in a disciplinary case regarding the below mentioned charges following an incident in which a student was cited for underage drinking.

Update: 11.20.2017
Sigma Phi Epsilon has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an
incident on November 12, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)
Violating the Lehigh University Social Policy 1.D.11.a (11. Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is
prohibited. a. Any occasion where the atmosphere or circumstances are such that the intended or likely outcome is to either abuse alcohol or become intoxicated. Examples of irresponsible distribution of alcohol include but are not limited to kegs, funnels, shot parties, hotel parties, Beirut games, pong ball, scorpion bowls, chugging contests or other organized drinking games.)


The chapter has a decision to make regarding the process we use to resolve the above charges:
1) You can plead not responsible and have the allegations resolved via one of the methods described in the Code of Conduct.(Art. X., Section IV, Part F,). Please note that the method of resolution will be
determined by the Conduct Officer.

2) You can plead responsible and ask that the case be resolved via a Sanction Only Hearing in Article X, Section G of the Code of Conduct.

The Lehigh University Code of Conduct contains more information regarding these resolution methods and can be found online at http://www.lehigh.edu/go/codeofconduct

Original Post: 11.17.2017
The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on November 12, 2017 in which Sigma Phi Epsilon's actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Violating the Lehigh University Social Policy 1.D.11.a (11. Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is
prohibited. a. Any occasion where the atmosphere or circumstances are such that the intended or likely outcome is to either abuse alcohol or become intoxicated. Examples of irresponsible distribution of alcohol include but are not limited to kegs, funnels, shot parties, hotel parties, Beirut games, pong ball, scorpion bowls, chugging contests or other organized drinking games.)

The chapter is required to contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations to discuss this matter. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on November 10, 2017, in which Pi Kappa Alpha's actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.  The chapter has been charged with the following violations:

Charges
Respect for Community (General)
As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical
representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the
faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.

Respect for the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
2 students were arrested for disorderly house.

The chapter took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Community (General) and Respect for the Law 1

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
The following educational sanction is being imposed. PKA must email Holly Taylor (hat214@lehigh.edu) every time the chapter has an event off campus listing address of event and the names of bar tenders, sober monitors, men on door, and any other risk management used. It is to be completed by March 31, 2018. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor

The chapter retains the right to appeal this decision as outlined in the Lehigh University Student Handbook. If the chapter chooses to appeal, your appeal is due to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations no later than 4:45 p.m. on November 22, 2017. Appeals can be filed online at: http://lehigh.edu/go/discappeals.