Monday, February 8, 2016

Message from the Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee Re: Kappa Alpha

UPDATE 02.10.16

Kappa Alpha was involved in an incident on January 31, 2016 (INCIDENT A) and an incident on February 3, 2016 (INCIDENT B), and the chapter was charged with the following violations:

Respect for Property A1A (Vandalism)
Respect for Property A1 (Theft)
Respect for Community (General)

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) Respect for Community I1 (Posted Rules and Regulations)

INCIDENT A SUMMARY: A local bowling alley reported stolen balls and damage to property after a group of Lehigh students held an event there.

A Lehigh student was found to be highly intoxicated and required transport to St. Luke's. He indicated that he had been drinking at an off campus Kappa Alpha party. He confirmed this went me met with the Office of Student Conduct. The student was dropped off at his residence hall when he clearly needed medical attention.

Kappa Alpha took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped INCIDENT A--Respect for Property A1 (Theft) and Respect for Community (General); INCIDENT B--Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)

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

Kappa Alpha Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective February 10, 2016 through May 31, 2016. 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 following educational sanction is being imposed: Affirmation of all sanctions assigned by IJC.

The following educational sanction is being imposed: TIPS training for all new members. It is to be completed by May 31, 2016.

The following educational sanction is being imposed: Submission of all standards boards decisions/outcomes for the individuals involved in these incidents (already completed).

The following educational sanction is being imposed: Restitution of $400 to Haja Rose Bowl (already completed).

Please see below for a message from the Interfraternity Council's Judicial Committee. 
The IFC Judicial Committee was made aware of alleged violations regarding recruitment practices and the hospital transport of a first-year student following a recruitment party hosted by Kappa Alpha Society.  After meeting with KA's president and recruitment chairmen, the IFC's Judicial Committee found the chapter responsible and has imposed the following sanctions:

The organization is placed on a 5-day Suspension from Recruitment through 2pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 and will be assessed a $500 fine payable to the Interfraternity Council. The IJC Chairman and Hearing Officers agree that KA’s current interim suspension by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs which commenced on Friday at 2pm would factor into this sanction counting as the 3 initial days. It is our belief that recruitment is essential to the success of our Greek community, and we believe that these sanctions should not hinder KA’s recruitment efforts any further than necessary.

In the same spirit, the organization is required to host an informational meeting to its recruits on Tuesday evening to inform them of this situation and to stress the importance of caring for the health of safety of the individuals that affiliate with the organization. It is our hope that KA informs their Potential New Members how they have addressed this situation and intend to move forward with safer practices in the future. We encourage the chapter leadership to work with their Assistant Director to frame the message they want to get across to first-year students. This meeting will not be considered a violation to the chapter’s suspension and will be monitored by IFC Executive Board members.

In addition, the KA’s executive board is required to meet with the IFC leadership to discuss how the organization plans to move on from this situation and outline the steps the organization plans on taking to learn and grow from their mistakes. We ask that the organization reach out to the IFC in a timely manner in order to schedule this meeting.

KA is also required to provide alcohol education to their Spring of 2016 New Member class. It is our strong recommendation that the chapter work with their Assistant Director to put together a meaningful plan for their new member class. If the chapter is not already required to do so, we recommend that their new members be required to get TIPS certified. In the event that the OFSA does require that certification from all the new members we require that KA provide a supplemental programming to their new members to reinforce this message.

The IJC would like to stress that failure to comply with all of the aforementioned sanctions will be in direct violation of the Committee’s decision and will warrant the opening of a new conduct case.

It is our hope the the IJC continues to grow and improves peer accountability in our Greek community. The events of February 2nd are regrettable. However, we believe we are taking positive steps to penalize unacceptable behavior in our community and to foster growth and learning for the chapters involved.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the IFC leadership.

--The Interfraternity Council Chairman and Hearing Officers 

Please see a message below from the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs. 
Effective immediately all activities related to men’s recruitment for Kappa Alpha at Lehigh University have been temporarily suspended.  This action is being taken because of alleged University policy violations by the chapter and its members across two separate incidents.  Allegations include endangering the health and safety of students, providing alcohol to minors, failure to adhere to medical amnesty, property damage, and theft.

This interim suspension mandates that the collective membership and/or individual members cannot engage in any kind of recruitment effort or activity on behalf of Kappa Alpha Society both on and off campus. 

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations will begin an investigation 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 and/or any effort to retaliate against those individuals involved 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 alumni leadership and national officers will be contacted 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.