Monday, December 8, 2014

Conduct Update: Delta Phi

As of December 2nd, certain activities of the Delta Phi Fraternity at Lehigh University have been temporarily suspended.  This action is being taken because of alleged University policy violations by the chapter and its members during the new member education process last Spring and in previous years.  Allegations include: hazing, illegal consumption or distribution of alcohol, providing false information, encouraging others to violate the Code of Conduct, failure to follow the chapter’s approved new member education plan, and other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of the individual.

This interim suspension mandates that no registered or unregistered social events, recruitment activities or new member education activities of any kind may occur, either on Lehigh's campus or off-campus for Delta Phi Fraternity. 

This suspension allows the chapter to maintain basic functioning including managing the house, holding chapter meetings, participating in community service events and other educational programs approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

In addition, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs will notify all potential new members for Spring 2015 that Delta Phi is not allowed to host any formal or informal recruitment activities.  If potential new members are found participating in any Delta Phi activities they will be notified that this will deem them ineligible to participate in future Delta Phi recruitment activities or recruitment activities for any other chapter.

If this order is violated, individuals and/or Delta Phi will be immediately charged with further violations of the University Code of Conduct and disciplinary action will be taken.  

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations is in the process of a conduct investigation into Delta Phi and this interim suspension will remain in effect until the formal resolution of these allegations is concluded.   Failure to comply with the terms of interim suspension will result in additional charges.

Additionally, the Lehigh University Code of Conduct requires that students and student organizations not only know and adhere to the Code of Conduct but cooperate with the University when investigating violations.

The Delta Phi alumni leadership and Delta Phi Headquarters will be contacted via telephone and are copied on this memo as well.  If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at (610) 758-4157.