Friday, November 17, 2017

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha

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

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.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Sigma Chi Fraternity: Loss of University Recognition (Conduct Update)

Update: 11.16.2017
Sigma Chi Headquarters staff confirmed that the Fraternity has voted to suspend the Alpha Rho charter at Lehigh University.
 
Update: 11.16.2017
Sigma Chi chapter leadership notified the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations and shared that the chapter would not be appealing the decision to dissolve the chapter. As a result, the disciplinary process is complete.

Original Post: 11.15.2017
Sigma Chi Fraternity was placed on interim social suspension on November 1, 2017, following an incident on October 13, 2017,  in which two students were hospitalized for alcohol-related medical emergencies and another student was cited for underage drinking.  When one student required medical assistance while at a Sigma Chi off-campus residence, none of the members called for help.  Additionally, Sigma Chi Fraternity General Headquarters suspended all chapter activities pending an investigation and review of the chapter.   


Separately, the fraternity was placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution beginning on April 27, 2017, through December 18, 2017, following three significant alcohol violations in one calendar year.  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 and Community Expectations conducted an investigation, and the chapter accepted responsibility for all charges brought against the chapter.  As a result, the University Committee on Discipline (UCOD) convened on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, for a sanctions-only hearing to resolve the charges 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.
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 Community A1 (False Information)
Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

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

After careful deliberation, the Committee dissolved the fraternity effective November 14, 2017 through May 31, 2020.  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, provided the campus is open to expansion and is subject to recognition processes in place at that time.  Should affiliated students fail to comply with sanctions and operate 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 its decision:

Social events hosted by Sigma Chi over the last 2 semesters has led to multiple students becoming
dangerously intoxicated and even hospitalized. Additionally, the chapter has a history of other alcohol
related incidents over the past two years. The panel believes that the chapters failure to be proactive in the
past has led to this latest incident. While the panel believes that a re-org could have worked at some point
over the past several semesters, we do not believe that this is a solution for what seems to be an extensive
problem.


The chapter retains the right to appeal the decision, and the Office of Student Conduct and 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 Friday, November 17, 2017 deadline, the Disciplinary Appeals Committee will meet to make a determination shortly thereafter.  If the appeal is denied, the conduct hearing outcome will be upheld.  If the appeal is granted, a new conduct hearing would occur.


The fraternity will lose University recognition and access to group housing immediately upon conclusion of the University’s disciplinary process.  Sigma Chi undergraduates living in the facility will not be relocated immediately so as to not disrupt students’ living arrangements mid-semester.  In the interim, the space will be transitioned into a traditional residence facility.  

Residential Services staff are prepared to assist students regarding alternative housing options for the spring semester and thereafter.  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 shared with students by Residential Services.  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.
We recognize that losing a chapter certainly has an impact across our fraternity and sorority community.  Please know that Fraternity & Sorority Affairs is committed to supporting students as they navigate this 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 carry on in our efforts 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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017