Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Conduct Update: Chi Psi

On October 25, 2016 the University Committee on Discipline met to adjudicate the following charges against Chi Psi Fraternity:

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

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

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 Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) -- Responsible
2. Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others) -- Responsible

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

The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from October 26, 2016 through
December 31, 2017. 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.

Chi Psi Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. 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 organization has lost its right to register and host social events with alcohol effective October 26,
2016 through May 31, 2017. Events without Alcohol may be held as long as they are in compliance with University policy.

The Chapter is required to develop a strong new member education plan that can be used for Recruitment in Jan/Feb 2017. This plan must be approved by OFSA. The plan must include measures that Chi Psi will use to ensure that its members follow the plan and university policy to help mitigate future violations of the code of conduct. The due date will be determined by OFSA

All sophomores and Spring 2017 new members must participate in ASTP training either by Ashley Baudouin or her designee. Costs to execute this training will be the responsibility of Chi Psi Fraternity. It is to be completed by March 1, 2017.

The Chapter is required to work with OFSA to develop a comprehensive risk management plan no later than February 15, 2017. This plan must be approved by OFSA and all members must be trained on this plan and sign a statement clarifying that they understand their responsibilities under this plan.

The executive board is required to work with Julie Ammary and Ashley Baudouin to structure a team consulting sessions to ensure continuity of leadership and the maintenance of standards. It is to be completed by March 31, 2017.

The Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions:

Rationale for Finding:

The panel finds the student signed statement of 9/27 and the demeanor described by Conduct Officer during the 9/27 meeting to be more credible than the testimony provided today. Based on this it is more likely than not that a student drank at least one alcoholic beverage while at the off campus party hosted by Chi Psi indicating the organization illegally distributed alcohol which was consumed by a minor. The panel is concerned that upon receiving notification that he would have to testify against Chi Psi and his teammates and/or Chi Psi finding out about the charges that the student’s story changed. The student acknowledged that others helped him “piece” together his story.

Key Facts:
1. The statement signed by a student on 9/27
2. Conduct Officer’s testimony and assessment of meeting with the student
3. Testimony of organization
4. The organization provided no witness testimony or statements from Chi Psi members who attended the party.

Rationale for Sanctions:

The panel considered dissolution however, we do believe that one student has the potential to lead the organization in the right direction and begin a culture shift that will help Chi Psi to be a value adding organization to the community. We believe it is important for all members of Chi Psi to hold each other accountable and to be able to clearly articulate the meaning and responsibility that come with membership in Chi Psi separate from their responsibilities as football players.

Chi Psi Fraternity retains the right to appeal this decision, and the Office of Student Conduct & Community expectations 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, the Disciplinary Appeals Committee will meet to make a determination.  If the appeal is denied, the conduct hearing outcome will be upheld. If the appeal is granted, a new conduct hearing would occur.