Friday, November 16, 2018

Feature Friday: Maggie Bristol




Check out Alpha Gamma Delta's Maggie Bristol discuss her involvement in the CSO, OFYE and AGD!

I have had such amazing experiences on this campus in the past three years and they are mostly thanks to three things: the Community Service Office, the Office of First Year Experience, and Alpha Gamma Delta. I have learned so much in my time as an Orientation Leader this past year as well as a student coordinator at the CSO for three years. The skills that I have learned can directly translate to contributing to a Greek chapter here at Lehigh.

Before classes even started my freshman year, I was involved in the CSO programming through PreLUsion. It then led to me getting my job as a student coordinator. I have learned so much about leadership and communication through this role, as my job is to recruit volunteers and run my own programs. Through the CSO I was also given the opportunity to welcome new students to campus as a PreLUsion leader my sophomore year. My passion for community, service, and philanthropy led me to become my chapter’s philanthropy chair my sophomore year. The skills I learned and the passion I had gained from my time at the CSO drove me to bring that same passion to the new programs that I created for my chapter’s new philanthropic goals.

Being an Orientation Leader was something I always wanted to do with my time here at Lehigh, and it did not disappoint! I met so many incredible people during Orientation, and the community that is created by the OFYE is without a doubt one of the most amazing parts of this campus. We all learned to welcome the first year students to campus with open arms, and absurd amounts of knowledge about resources at Lehigh. I learned to really lead through the OFYE. The best thing that I brought back to my chapter after being an Orientation leader was probably the new found friendships and all of the different activities that I discovered on campus because of them. There are Orientation Leaders all over our campus, and in many greek chapters, that are willing to kindly welcome new members to any club, organization, or activity! Out of everything I have done here at Lehigh, applying to be on the OFYE Staff was one of the best decisions I ever made!

The different activities that you are involved in on campus can have huge influences on how you contribute to your Greek chapter. I would definitely recommend getting involved in activities through the CSO or the OFYE because they can develop valuable skills that you can bring back to your chapter to make it a better place!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Conduct Update: Psi Upsilon



The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on November 11, 2018 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
2. Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Conduct Update: Delta Chi



The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on November 9, 2018 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations

1. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

2. 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.)

3. 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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Conduct Update: Delta Chi



Update 11/12: As you know, you were involved in an incident on October 27, 2018, in which you were accused of violating the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting with Holly A. Taylor you were informed that no action was being taken on this matter and that the incident was being closed.

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on October 27, 2018 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. The unauthorized or illegal use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug.
2. Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Conduct Update: Kappa Delta

Update 11/15: You were involved in an incident on October 20, 2018, in which your behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting with Holly A. Taylor you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
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.)

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others) Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

INCIDENT SUMMARY: LUPD saw a student unable to walk without assistance. She stated she was drinking grain alcohol at Theta Xi. LUPD had just shut down the party that the student was at. This party was cohosted with Kappa Delta.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) and Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed: You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective November 14, 2018 through May 1, 2019. Disciplinary Probation is defined as the imposition of a trial period in which students must show that they are willing to live up to the expectations in this Code of Conduct. This trial period may not exceed four semesters. This status implies that further violations of this code may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion. Other sanctions may be imposed, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement in good standing.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Using Kappa Delta's risk management plan as a guide, create a list of steps that the chapter will take when co-hosting events with alcohol. This list should include a specific plan and what roles your members will be responsible for when co-hosting these events. This should not be a theoretical document, but a step-by-step guide. Once this document is created, please share it with myself (hat214@lehigh.edu), OFSA staff, and the other Panhellenic chapters (either via email or discussed at a council meeting). It is to be completed by December 21, 2018.

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on October 20, 2018 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

After investigation it has been determined that Kappa Delta hosted an event with Theta Xi in which there was no risk management involving alcohol from either chapter.

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. Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Feature Friday: Gordon Gorab, Chi Phi



This week, Gryphon Gordon Gorab of Chi Phi gives us insight into his Lehigh experience...


For me, Lehigh has always been about the people. Each person I meet, from professors to friendly passersby, has contributed something to my experience. I have had the fortune to grow and develop my connections at Lehigh through many avenues. Two avenues that have been particularly impactful are my involvement in Chi Phi as well as The Gryphon Society.

Gryphons are everywhere. They are club presidents, TRAC fellows, athletes, and more than you may imagine, members of Greek organizations! Gryphons mentor and lead students while advocating for their best interests and helping facilitate community building.

Being both a member of a Greek organization and a gryphon has opened me up to people and perspectives on campus to which I may have otherwise never been exposed. The Office of Residence Life staff is incredibly diverse in terms of backgrounds, interests, and outlooks on our campus community. Nearly two weeks of training on everything from crisis response to bLUeprint foundations, with much time for small group discussion, has allowed me to connect with individuals whose slants on student life varied from my own. They’re great friends, co-workers, and friendly faces.

The gryphon role has instilled in me both skills and viewpoints that are transferable to Chi Phi and the Greek community as a whole. Aspects of inclusive leadership and identity development, in particular, are embedded deep into a gryphon’s role. These values are pivotal to greek life as well as campus unity, to improve chapter function as well as the integration of fraternities and sororities into the broader Lehigh community.

Identity at Lehigh is too often defined by Greek affiliation or lack thereof. My transition from life in Greek housing to the CHOICE community may seem drastic, but it has shown me that the many pockets of our community are more similar than they are different. From what I have seen, Lehigh students want nothing more than to make the most of their time here and see personal and communal success. It is my hope that as Greek-affiliated students, we can leverage our diverse “Lehigh experience” around campus to improve campus climate, the wellbeing of our chapters, and expand our definition of “communal success” to include the entire Lehigh community.

I would strongly recommend anyone interested in the gryphon position consider applying. The application is live on LINC through 11/18/18!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Conduct Update: Phi Kappa Theta



Update 11/13: The University Committee on Discipline met on November 12, 2018 to adjudicate Case in which you were charged with:

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.)

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

Respect for Self C1 (Drugs)
The unauthorized or illegal use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
LUPD proceeded to Phi Kappa Theta for a report of a party. Freshmen were in the house with unattended alcohol and some were in a 3rd floor room where a member was smoking marijuana.

After reviewing the information related to incident, the Committee made the following finding(s)
regarding the violation(s) for which you were charged:

1. Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) --
Responsible
2. Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others) -- Responsible
3. Respect for Self C1 (Drugs) -- Responsible

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from November 12, 2018 through
December 1, 2019. During this period of time, the organization is on notice that any further violations of the Code of Conduct will result in the dissolution of the organization immediately without further review. Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution may not be imposed for longer than two regular semesters. If this sanction is imposed during a semester, it may be imposed for the remainder of that semester and two additional semesters.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. At least 90% of your members who have not completed Intervene must complete this training by the end of formal recruitment. It is to be completed by February 8, 2019. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Spring 2019 formal recruitment must be 100% dry, on and off campus.

The Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions:
The panel is appreciative that you took responsibility for these violations, however historically the chapter has always taken responsibility and completed sanctions, and yet there has not been any substantive changes related to the chapters relationship with alcohol. We hope that the chapter understands that if there is a "next time", a plea of responsibility may not be enough to save your chapter. We see that your chapter adds value to the Lehigh community. We hope that during this extended period of deferred dissolution the members of Phi Kappa Theta view this as a time to not only reflect on past choices, but to make authentic changes to your chapters formal and informal risk management.

Members of The University Committee on Discipline will meet to impose sanctions in disciplinary case at the following time, date and location.  You accepted responsibility for these charges and asked that a panel determine the sanctions in this case.

HEARING: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4pm

The information regarding this case is below:

CHARGES:
Respect for Self C1 (Drugs) The unauthorized or illegal use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug.

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.)

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

INCIDENT DATE: October 8, 2018

NARRATIVE:
LUPD proceeded to Phi Kappa Theta for a report of a party and as they arrived a member ran into the house screaming "Hide the Freshmen". He was stopped by police. When asked what was happening at the house, police were told that there were 15-20 people partying and drinking alcohol. The member indicated that there were about 10 first year students drinking beer at the house.  When checking the house, LUPD found three students in a room with a strong odor of marijuana.

Three students were present in the room and it smelled of marijuana, one admitted to smoking. The resident of the room fled with some items when police arrived.