Monday, July 17, 2017

Kappa Sigma-Loss of University Recognition




Kappa Sigma was placed on interim suspension following an incident on April 22, 2017.  Lehigh University received a report from the Pennsylvania State Police stating that more than 40 students were issued citations in lieu of arrests for underage drinking and another student required emergency medical assistance at an off-campus event hosted by the chapter.  Separately, the fraternity was placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution through December 31, 2017, following a number of incidents earlier this spring.  This disciplinary status placed the organization on notice, meaning any further violations of the Code of Conduct would result in the dissolution of the organization.  

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations conducted an investigation, and the University Committee on Discipline (UCOD) convened on July 14, 2017 to resolve the charges listed below:     

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.  


Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)
Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is prohibited. Any occasion where the atmosphere or circumstances are such that the intended or likely outcome is to either abuse alcohol or become intoxicated.  


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

After careful deliberation, the Committee found the chapter responsible for all charges and dissolved the fraternity effective July 14, 2017 through July 14, 2019.  Dissolution is the loss of University recognition and the privilege to use the University’s name or represent it in any capacity. In addition, the chapter will lose all privileges to use University equipment or facilities, and this includes access to group housing.   

The chapter will be eligible to return to Lehigh at the end of the dissolution period beginning on July 14, 2019, provided the campus is open to expansion and subject to recognition processes in place at that time.  Should affiliated students fail to comply with sanctions and carry on as an underground or unrecognized group without University recognition, oversight, and approval, this would jeopardize and further delay the chapter’s ability to return to campus.

The Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions: 
Kappa Sigma members admitted on the record that underage students did drink while at the fraternity event. A keg was brought to the party by members of the fraternity and there was no designated monitor. In addition, testimony was given that hard alcohol was present and that those individuals who brought it were not asked to leave the event. The organization failed to follow their own risk management policy and did not designate specific sober monitors to be responsible in ensuring organization polices were followed. There was no plan in place to centralize and control any alcohol brought to the party. The fraternity also failed to ensure guests understood policy and procedures that should be followed. 

The chapter has essentially been on Deferred Disciplinary Dissolution for the majority of the past 18 months (since December 2015) and has been given multiple second chances while on on Deferred Disciplinary Dissolution, and this is the third major code violation for the Spring 2017 semester. The panel believes that the only appropriate course of action is to dissolve the chapter, and this sanction is consistent with the guidelines provided in the Code of Conduct. Based upon guidance from multiple parties to include the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, and General Counsel, the Medical Amnesty Policy does not apply in this case because the police were called prior to the chapter's call for assistance and the chapter was found responsible for multiple significant alcohol violations during the Spring 2017 semester.




Students intending to reside in the Kappa Sigma chapter house with fellow fraternity members no longer have the ability to do so.  Residential Services staff are prepared to assist students regarding alternative housing options but due to the timing of this action, availability is limited.  Sophomore students are required to live on campus.  Juniors and seniors requesting the opportunity to live on campus will be accommodated; however, these students also have the option of being released from housing contracts without penalty to secure off campus housing.  Additional information regarding on campus housing opportunities and instructions will be forwarded to you by Residential Services at the conclusion of the appeals period.  Housing-specific questions should be directed to Residential Services at inrsd@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-3500.  Additionally, no decisions have been made regarding the facility and its future purpose for the upcoming year and thereafter. 

The chapter retains the right to appeal the decision, and the Office of Student Conduct & Community has informed the fraternity leadership of the deadlines and process for appeals as outlined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.  If an appeal is submitted by the July 19, 2017 deadline, the Disciplinary Appeals Committee will meet to make a determination by end of day on Friday, July 21, 2017.  If the appeal is denied, the conduct hearing outcome will be upheld.  If the appeal is granted, a new conduct hearing would occur.  

We recognize that losing a chapter certainly has an impact across our fraternity and sorority community and beyond.  Please know that the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs staff are committed to supporting students as they navigate this challenging transition so that they may enjoy a meaningful and worthwhile experience at Lehigh. 

In closing, we are wholeheartedly committed to promoting a fraternal culture of excellence alongside health and safety.  Fraternity and sorority life has a long-standing and proud history at Lehigh where members live by their respective founding principles that foster leadership, service, scholarship, integrity, and friendship.  Together, we will continue to strengthen the fraternity and sorority experience through positive impact, strong leadership, and culture change.  We believe in our community, and our potential is boundless.

Friday, July 7, 2017

2016-2017 Accreditation Results



The Accreditation results for the 2016-2017 academic year have been finalized and the ratings breakdown for the 29 fraternities and sororities reviewed this academic year included 7 Accredited with Excellence chapters, 17 Accredited chapters and 5 Unaccredited chapters.  One chapter, Kappa Sigma, has a conduct case pending.  Accreditation results will not be shared until the conduct case has been resolved, which is anticipated later this month.

The Accreditation results provide feedback intended to support efforts to enhance the success of Greek chapters.  We encourage chapters to accept the feedback in the constructive spirit in which it is offered, and urge undergraduate and alumni members to discuss this feedback and develop an action plan for continued success.  The results are published on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website at https://studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/node/3067.  

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the members of the Accreditation Committee who worked tirelessly through hours of presentations and discussions.     

For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs by phone at 610-758-4157 or by email at infrasor@lehigh.edu

Monday, May 8, 2017

Congratulations to Student Life Leadership Award Winners!

An amazing 22 of these recipients (bolded) are members of the Greek community, so be sure to give them a high five next time you see them!  For the full story, click here.
Contribution to Student Life Award
Laura L. Barnes
Charles J. Bickhart
Taj K. Blount-Oden
Ian M. Davis
Liyala Djenne Dickens
Quinci K. Mann
Sabrina L. Mertz
Rachel Y. Okun
Tanairy Ortiz
Alyssa E. Riporti
Emily D. Ryan
Michael J. Schwab
Aislinn R. Strohecker
Emma R. Strong
Jasmine R. Wung
Giovanni Zlaket
James J. Duane III Student Life Leadership Award
Matthew J. Bonshak
Margaret A. Burnett
Jamie M. Campisi
Gladys Castellon
Julianne D'Orazio
Dakota M. DiMattio
Minah Ebrahim
William J. Kuehne
Zachary J. Maguire
Bruke A. Mammo
Kelly M. Mayid
Kristen M. Mejia
Julia L. Patterson
Aakash R. Phulwani
Danielle K. Schiraldi
Bailey A. Shelton
Samantha J. Tomaszewski
Madeline K. Walsh
Madeleine H. Wescott
Justin R. White
Justin T. Worley
Angela K. Young
Student Senate Leadership Award
Alison M. Bergin
Kallyse J. Duddlesten
Kiana C. Nieves
Aakash R. Phulwani
Matthew D. Rothberg
Yasmina M. Sirgi
Aislinn R. Strohecker
Residence Hall Association Character Award: Malcolm B. Scobell
Ujima Award
Liyala Djenne Dickens
Tanairy Ortiz
Service Above Self Award
Augusta K. Alwang
Katie M. Morris
Allegiance Award
Roger S. Blumin
Margaret A. Burnett
Laura E. Courtney
Alumni Association Undergraduate Merit Awards
Dakota M. DiMattio
Caraline R. Jeffrey
Kaitlyn M. Ruffing
The John W. Smeaton Pillar of Integrity: Dakota DiMattio
The Pearsall Prize: Kelly M. Mayid and Summer A. Sullivan

Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup: Gladys Castellon and Bruke Mammo


University Service Award: Kristen Mejia and Aakash Phulwani

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Award Winners!


HUGE congratulations to all of our award nominees and winners from last night!  Thanks to those that came and celebrated the high points of our year!

Individual Awards
Advisor of the Year 
  • Ashley Sciora
Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Kate Morrell
Greek Leader of the Year 
  • Margaret Burnett
  • Molly Bankuti
  • Ian Davis
Outstanding President of the Year 
  • Bryce Macomber
  • Ryan Kirton
  • Brielle Gemberling
  • Djenne Dickens
Tradition of Excellence - Individual 
  • Kristen Mejia, Inclusive Leadership
  • Sanjana Chintalapudi, Inclusive Leadership
  • Mark DiMaggio, Inspiring Change
  • Sana Ali, Inspiring Change
  • Meg Kelly, Living the Ritual
  • Zach Neumann, Living the Ritual
  • Tristan Seton, Empowering Others
Organization Awards
Outstanding Philanthropic Effort 
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Commitment to Service
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Program of Distinction 
  • Panhellenic Council, “At the Intersection”
  • Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc., “Dining in the Dark”
Most Improved 
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
Tradition of Excellence - Organization 
  • Zeta Tau Alpha, Empowering Others
  • Pi Kappa Alpha, Living the Ritual

Conduct Update: Kappa Sigma



Update shared July 1, 2017: 
The University Committee on Discipline will meet to resolve the below charges: 

CHARGES:
Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
Specifically: There was alcohol available and distributed to students under the age of 21, more than 40 underage students were issued citations in lieu of arrests by Pennsylvania State Police.

Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)
Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is prohibited. 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.)
Specifically: Several students reported that a keg was present at the event and a lack of control over the distribution of alcohol (bartenders, sober monitors etc.)

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.
Specifically: Kappa Sigma Fraternity hosted an event in which alcohol was made available in an unrestricted manner to any attendees including those students who are under 21. More than 40 of those students were charged with underage drinking by the Pennsylvania State Police.

INCIDENT DATE: April 22, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY: Lehigh University received a report from the Pennsylvania State Police alleging that multiple (over 40) students were cited for underage drinking at an off campus event. It was also reported that one member of the organization was cited for providing alcohol to minors.

Update shared by Kappa Sigma Fraternity Headquarters, June 1, 2017: 
The Supreme Executive Committee has reviewed the investigation report from the District Grand Master regarding alleged violations of the social event and alcohol standards by the Beta-Iota Chapter at Lehigh University, and determined that the chapter has violated the Kappa Sigma Code of Conduct.

Accordingly, the following sanctions are placed on the chapter for the violations:
  1. The Chapter will be alcohol-free until July 1, 2018 or all sanctions are complete, whichever occurs latest. All chapter activities will be alcohol-free regardless of location. The chapter house and any other location where brothers gather must be alcohol-free. The chapter must make a request to the Supreme Executive Committee to reinstate this privilege once all other sanctions are complete.
  2. The Chapter will be assessed a $5,000 fine to be paid within 90 days of the date of this notice.
  3. The Chapter must have 4 men present at the 2017 Kappa Sigma Grand Conclave at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada July 12-16, 2017.
  4. The Chapter will complete a My Brother's Keeper workshop and Code of Conduct seminar at the direction of the District Grand Master.
  5. The Chapter must meet the minimum standards of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity:
    • The Chapter's membership must hold the average number of ritual proficiency certificates for all chapters of Kappa Sigma: 67% Ritual Proficient with one certificate and 20% with two certificates. 
    • The Chapter's grade point average must be above the All Men's Average. 
    • The Chapter must meet all goals for Champion Quest for all recruitment periods.
    • The Chapter's members must achieve at least 25 hours of community service and raise $25 for the philanthropy of their choice and log the hours and dollars donated in KappaSig.Net
The Chapter must complete all sanctions and request removal of alcohol-free status within 1-year of this notice of sanctions. If the sanctions are not completed within 1 year, the Chapter will show cause before the Supreme Executive Committee to determine if it should remain a chapter.

The suspension of operations is now lifted, and the Chapter is to move forward completing these sanctions in a thorough fashion.

Temporary Suspension Notice from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations, May 3, 2017: 

Per communication from the Executive Director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the operations of the Beta-Iota Chapter at Lehigh University are suspended immediately. This action is taken as result of communications received regarding alleged violations of the Code of Conduct by the Chapter.

The Chapter is to cease all operations immediately including the following: Chapter Meetings, Chapter Social Functions, Intramurals, all Pledge and Initiation Activities, all Community Service Projects and all Alumni Events. The Chapter will also be alcohol free indefinitely which means that there can be no alcohol at any Kappa Sigma event regardless of the location. The Chapter House, and unofficial Chapter House or any other location where Brothers gather must be alcohol free. 

Temporary Suspension Notice from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations, May 3, 2017: 

The Beta Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Lehigh University is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into an incident on or about April 22, 2017, where more than 40 students in attendance at a Kappa Sigma event were cited for underage drinking, one member was cited for multiple counts of furnishing alcohol, and one student in attendance was not eligible to affiliate with a fraternity.

Effective immediately, chapter 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 a “Kappa Sigma Event”.

This action is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct and 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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Conduct Update: Psi Upsilon



Update 5/15: On May 15, 2017 a disciplinary conference was held.

INCIDENT SUMMARY: LUPD found an unregistered party. During the house check, a covered smoke detector was discovered in one room and drugs/drug paraphernalia in another.

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

1. Respect for Self C1 (Drugs) -- Responsible
2. Respect for Self D1 (Drug Paraphernalia) -- Responsible
3. Respect for Community I1A (Social Policy 1.A.8 - Unregistered Party) -- Responsible
4. Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)--Responsible

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:

Psi Upsilon Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective April 28, 2017 through December 18, 2017. Disciplinary probation is the conditional continuation of a group or organization for a specified period of time not to exceed four semesters. This status implies that any further violation of this Code of Conduct may result in dissolution, termination, or other authorized sanctions. Other sanctions may be imposed, including limitations on social activities, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement of recognition in good standing.

The Chapter is required to develop and submit a set of behavioral expectations for all chapter members. It is to be completed by August 15, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill.

The Chapter is required to work with the University Counseling Center to bring a speaker to talk about drugs and drug use to the chapter during the Fall 2017 semester. It is to be completed by October 6, 2017.  For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

The Chapter is required to develop a comprehensive risk management/event management plan for on and off campus events. This plan must include input from OFSA, Alumni officers, and your national office. It is to be completed by September 15, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

The Chapter is required to work with IFC to develop a meaningful educational experience for chapter members. It is to be completed by October 6, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

Rationale for Finding and Key Facts:
The chapter admitted responsibility for the charges related to the unregistered party, and not responsible for the charges related to the drugs found in a bedroom. The organization is responsible for the drug violations because they are responsible for what occurs in their facility. An investigation by the chapter did not find a responsible party and it is clear that there was insufficient monitoring on the part of the members concerning activities that were going on throughout the house. When no individual member comes forward, the organization must be held accountable.


The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on April 28, 2017 in which 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. The possession of drug paraphernalia.
3. Violating the Lehigh University Social Policy 1.A.8 (Any occasion deemed to be an event with alcohol that has not been registered with the Dean of Students Office will be considered an unregistered social event and will be subject to disciplinary action. - See the policy for specific definitions).
4. 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.)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Meet the 2017-2018 Council Executive Boards!


Congratulations to the newly elected council officers!

Interfraternity Council

President
Vice President 
Bryce Macomber
Ian Davis


Judicial Andrew Brown
Secretary Andrew Newman
Campus Relations Mark Shterk

Programming Brian Venter

Treasurer Michael Whang

Service Tashi Eng
Recruitment Ryan Kirton



Panhellenic Council

President: Molly Bankuti
VP Admin: Hannah Cwienkala
VP External: Sabrina Schulman
VP Internal: Madison Hirsh
VP Greek Relations: Erin Garrity
VP Campus Relations: Sydney O'Tapi
VP Judicial: Nicole Lando
VP Finance: Theresa Ridings
VP Intellectual: Marissa Diamond
VP Marketing & Publicity: Nicole McCarthy


Cultural Greek Council
President- Djenne Dickens
Secretary- Arianna Pineiro
Social Media- Julius Wibisono