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 6/1: 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.

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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. 


Update from OSC&CE: 

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Kappa Sigma Fraternity

As of the issuance of this letter on May 3, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into an incident on or about April 22, 2017 where over 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 the Lehigh University Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity 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 & 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

Conduct Update: Chi Psi



The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on April 29, 2017 in which actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Actions that violate University policies regarding life safety and fire safety this includes but is not limited to: Covered smoke detectors, candles, open flames, blocking egresses, etc.)
2. The theft, mutilation, destruction, defacing, and/or gross disregard of any Lehigh property.
3. Intentionally or recklessly interfering with the property of another, including taking without permission, destroying, defacing, or damaging the property of another.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Conduct Update: Sigma Chi



Update 4/28/17: Sigma Chi Fraternity took responsibility for the below charges and asked that a "sanctions only hearing" be held to impose sanctions in this case.

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) were imposed by the panel

Sanctions:
The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from April 27, 2017 through December 18, 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.

Sigma Chi Fraternity is placed on Disciplinary Probation effective December 19, 2017 through May 18, 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 chapter house will be Alcohol Free effective April 27, 2017 through December 18, 2017, with the exception of on campus registered events. This means that no alcohol is permitted in the chapter house including in individual rooms regardless of the age of the occupants. When hosting a registered event, the organization must submit a plan for bringing alcohol into and removing alcohol from the chapter house.

The chapter is required to work with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations on implementing the educational programming plan that was presented. It is to be completed by September 30, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

Rationale:
This is the third significant alcohol violation in one calendar year. Two of these incidents resulted in students being transported to the hospital for high levels of intoxication. These sanctions are appropriate and considering the incidents, lenient. The panel believe the chapter’s plans for alcohol education is a step in the right direction and that the chapter will be able to make changes in the community.

Sigma Chi has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to incidents on April 1, 2017 and on April 9, 2017. On both occasions guests of the chapter consumed significant amounts of alcohol distributed by Sigma Chi Fraternity. On April 1, 2017 a student fell down a long set of steps, required transport to St. Luke's and was placed in ICU. On April 9, 2017 a student was intoxicated and had an interaction with LUPD.

In both cases the chapter was charged with:

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)
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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Feature Friday: Carter Gilbert, Assistant Director Greek Leadership




Meet Carter Gilbert....an old Lehigh face in a new role this year!

Hometown: I don't really have a traditional "hometown" but when folks ask where I'm from I say Fort Worth, TX, since I moved there for college and stayed for 7 years - longer than anywhere else in my life

Educational Background:    B.S. Criminal Justice & B.F.A. Theatre Production - TCU '10   M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education - Colorado State University '14


Affiliation: Beta Theta Pi


Why did you decide to pursue a career in student affairs? I am passionate about working with the future leaders of our communities, and working with them to become morally engaged, inclusive agents of social change. I enjoy the focus on learning and development, and am committed to the challenge of continual personal and professional development to ensure I am providing the best opportunities I can for college students. In particular, I love doing this work with fraternity and sorority communities as I believe strongly in the value of the experience and the capacity for these groups to create a meaningful impact in their campus, local, and international communities.


High points/Favorite memories during your time at Lehigh University? A favorite memory of mine is the lip sync competition that occurred at Base Camp last fall - it was so great to be with our community leaders as everyone let loose, laugh, and just have fun with each other!


Hopes for the Lehigh Greek Community? I sincerely hope the community is able to continue in the direction of its well-intentioned and impassioned leaders to add value to all members' lives and spur positive change for the Lehigh community as a whole. If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing professionally? Either doing research and teaching (still working in higher education) or perhaps I'd be working for a consulting firm...not really sure, since I actually really believe this is exactly what I am meant to be doing!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Conduct Update: Kappa Alpha

Update 4/21/17: The University Committee on Discipline met on April 20, 2017 to adjudicate a case in which you were charged with:

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)
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 I1A (Social Policy 1.A.8 - Unregistered Party)
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).

Respect for Community M1 (Fire Safety or Other Life Safety Violations)
Actions that violate University policies regarding life safety and fire safety this includes but is not limited to: Covered smoke detectors, candles, open flames, blocking egresses, etc.)

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
LUPD broke up a party with drinking games and unsecured alcohol at the on campus KA house.

The chapter pleaded responsible to the charges of irresponsible distribution of alcohol and life safety violations.

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) -- Not Responsible

2. Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) --Responsible

3. Respect for Community I1A (Social Policy 1.A.8 - Unregistered Party) -- Not Responsible

4. Respect for Community M1 (Fire Safety or Other Life Safety Violations) -- Responsible

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from April 20, 2017 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.

The organization will be alcohol free effective April 20, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The chapter cannot host any events in the house with alcohol and individual members are not permitted to have alcohol in their rooms. The chapter can host non-alcoholic events during the probationary period.

Kappa Alpha 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 Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions:
This is 4th alcohol offense in 2 years for the chapter and it is clear to the panel that prior sanctions have not been effective. Furthermore, the panel is disappointed that the latest event occurred less than 12 hours after the chapter president met with the Office of Student Conduct regarding the 3rd alcohol related event. It is clear the chapter needs to make better decisions with regard to its social policies and risk management strategies. The sanctions imposed are designed to give the chapter adequate time to fix the problems.


The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on March 31, 2017 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
LUPD broke up a party with drinking games and unsecured alcohol at the on campus KA house.

Alleged Violations
1. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
2. 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.)
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. Respect for Community M1 (Fire Safety or Other Life Safety Violations)
Actions that violate University policies regarding life safety and fire safety this includes but is not limited to: Covered smoke detectors, candles, open flames, blocking egresses, etc.)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Feature Friday: Rosa Guzman, Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs




Meet Rosa Guzman!  Rosa is the friendly face that greets you and the backbone of the OFSA!

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Why did you decide to work at Lehigh/in OFSA? I enjoy the interaction with the students. Not having a Greek background, I never thought I would work with fraternities and sororities but I have learned a lot and feel I can make a difference.


High points/Favorite memories during your time at Lehigh University? There are many but one of my favorite memories is of when I started here and how staff and students made me feel so welcomed. I knew immediately this was where I belonged.


Hopes for the Lehigh Greek Community? My hope for the Lehigh Greek Community is more unity among the different cultures here.


If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing? I would have been a nurse because I love helping others but I would prefer to spend all my time with my grandson!

Conduct Update: Phi Kappa Theta




Update 4/10: As of the issuance of this letter, the chapter can resume new member education activities with the following limitations or instructions: . The chapter should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs immediately to discuss resuming operations.


TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity

As of the issuance of this letter on March 30, 2017, all new member education activities of the Lehigh University Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity are temporary suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into repeated and credible anonymous hazing reports.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is prohibited from conducting any new member education activities until this suspension is lifted. Additionally, no
member of the chapter is to have any contact with new members until further notice.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Conduct Update: Kappa Alpha


Update 4/6/17: The University Committee on Discipline met on April 5, 2017 to adjudicate a case in which KA was charged with:

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.

Respect for Community A1 (False Information)
Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

Respect for Community E1 (Failure to Comply)
Failure to comply with the reasonable requests of university officials (including law enforcement) while acting in the performance of their duties.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

LUPD stopped a car for a broken headlight. In the car were 5 occupants and 6 cases of beer. None of the students are over 21. The car belongs to an upper class member of Kappa Alpha. 4 of the students in the car were KA new members, 1 was a KA ghost pledge. The driver claimed no knowledge of the beer in the back of the car. The students were not charged. During the investigation, the new members of KA provided false information about the incident.

You pled responsible to the charges.

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
3. Respect for Community A1 (False Information) -- Responsible
4. Respect for Community E1 (Failure to Comply) -- Responsible

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

You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective April 5, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Disciplinary
Probation is defined as the imposition of a trial period in which students must show that they are willing to live up to the expectations in this Code of Conduct. This trial period may not exceed four semesters. This status implies that further violations of this code may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion. Other sanctions may be imposed, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement in good standing.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Develop a statement of honesty and expectations of member conduct, a contract that all members (active and new) must sign, addressing issues of dishonesty to cultivate a culture of respect for self, others, and fraternal values. This statement must be included in the chapter's new member education plan and reviewed with new members as well as initiated members. This statement should be created in consultation with faculty/alumni advisor and approved by Brigette Gardner prior to adding it to your new member education plan. The statement must be completed and approved by May 1, 2017; signed by all members and submitted to the Office of Student Conduct by May 15, 2017. It is to be completed by May 15, 2017.

The Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions:
The panel does believe that this incident was more related to dishonesty (providing false information and the ghost pledge) and lack of respect than it was about alcohol. Therefore we agree that KA should not be dry on or off campus, but it is appropriate to place the chapter on probation through May 31, 2018. The duration of the probation reflects the number of current violations and the theme of alcohol incidents and disrespect throughout the past 2 years. The panel appreciates KA taking responsibility for this situation and hopes they continue their commitment to improving their relationship with the university.



The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on March 24, 2017 in which actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations

1. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
2. Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.
3. Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Conduct Update: Theta Xi




Theta Xi was involved in an incident on March 8, 2017, in which behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.  Theta Xi was charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:

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

Respect for Others (General)
Lehigh University expects that all students will act in a civil manner that reflects maturity, social responsibility, and respect towards others and the Lehigh Community.

Respect for Community E1 (Failure to Comply)
Failure to comply with the reasonable requests of university officials (including law enforcement) while acting in the performance of their duties.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others), Respect for Others (General) and Respect for
Community E1 (Failure to Comply)

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

You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective March 28, 2017 through December 31, 2018.
Disciplinary Probation is defined as the imposition of a trial period in which students must show that they are willing to live up to the expectations in this Code of Conduct. This trial period may not exceed four semesters. This status implies that further violations of this code may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion. Other sanctions may be imposed, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement in good standing.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Host a workshop for fraternity men about the "rush text" culture, appropriate communication, the messages that you want to send to future brothers, and using social media. This workshop should be hosted during the fall 2017 semester, prior to October 6, 2017. Prior to this workshop, two (2) members from Theta Xi (the social and recruitment chairs) should meet with staff from the Department of Communications to learn about appropriately using social media and communications.  This meeting should take place prior to May 1, 2017. After this meeting it's expected that these brothers bring back what they've learned to the rest of the brotherhood during the next chapter meeting. Additionally, representation from the chapter should meet with the IFC recruitment chair to discuss timeline/process/expectations for recruitment for the upcoming academic year. Subsequently, the chapter will use all of this information to create a workshop to be presented to social and recruitment chairs and other fraternity men on campus during the fall 2017 semester. It is to be completed by October 6, 2017.  For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor

The rationale is as follows: Theta Xi pled responsible to all three charges: encouraging others (the text encouraged underage students to attend a pregame party), respect for others (the text that was sent was highly disrespectful to several different demographics), and failure to comply (the chapter failed to comply with the guidelines for new members by allowing several students to act as ghost pledges).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Conduct Update: Theta Chi







UPDATE 3/30: On March 24, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity was placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into multiple anonymous reports from parents of new members who reported hazing behaviors (ex: servitude, sleep deprivation, etc.)

As of the issuance of this letter on March 30th, the suspension of Theta Chi Fraternity is lifted and the chapter can resume operations.

It is required that Theta Chi initiate new members on Saturday, April 1, 2017 as scheduled in the New
Member Education plan and then reschedule the educational sessions that were missed for later in the semester.



TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Theta Chi Fraternity

As of the issuance of this letter on March 24, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into multiple anonymous reports who reported hazing behavior (ex: servitude, sleep deprivation, etc.)

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity is prohibited from conducting all new member education activities until this suspension is lifted. This includes formal new member education programs. Additionally, new members may not attend any events on or off campus with the brothers of Theta Chi. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feature Friday: Danielle Campbell, Pi Beta Phi




Dani Campbell, Pi Beta Phi, attended both LeaderShape AND AFLV!  Read on to see what she learned...

Over the past two months I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend LeaderShape and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Conference in Indianapolis.  During both of these conferences, I attended many workshops that taught me more about the world around me in college, and issues and dilemmas that I could be faced with in the future.  By learning about how to interact with other people, whether for professional or personal reasons, I was able to grow professionally and personally.  With various workshops on personal development, emotional integrity, conflict management, and many others, I am now able to take that with me into the future to better my friendships, my Greek chapter, and the campus community as a whole.

The best part of these two retreats was realizing the impact that the multitude of workshops was having on my perspective of the world around me.  At LeaderShape, we discussed how our vision should have a positive disregard for the impossible.   As humans, we have a tendency to believe that things are too immense for us to handle or too large for one person to make an impact.  I have taken up a new perspective that if we were all to set our minds to something we wanted to change, we could.  It may take time and a lot of effort, but it only takes one person with a voice or a vision to make a positive impact on our world.

Steps to making a difference look different for everyone. After attending AFLV, I was able to combine my knowledge from LeaderShape with my new knowledge from the workshops.  Since I am in a Greek chapter, I realized that I could start making a difference within my own chapter and within the Greek community.  This could hopefully create a domino effect to impact the entire Lehigh community.  One thing that I have decided to bring back to my chapter is a conflict management workshop to better our communication as individuals.  After talking with my chapter about confrontation and solving conflicts, hopefully they will then take this to their other peers outside the chapter, creating the domino effect for our community.


Everyone has a vision for a better world.  To make change, we have to act on this vision in any way we can, small or large.  It can begin with a small change in the activities or smaller communities you are a part of, ultimately impacting the larger community.   Additionally, holding our peers accountable for their actions and visions is an effective way to spark change in our communities.  It only takes one voice to change our world. 

Accreditation Reminders



Resources from the three Accreditation preparation workshops are available via google drive. To access the materials, please follow this link.



Report Guidelines
  • Reports should not exceed 50 pages total.  The recommend length is between 25-35 pages. 
  • Appendices should be limited and used only if absolutely necessary as supporting documentation
  • Reports are to be submitted approximately two weeks before your scheduled presentation (see attached schedule with deadlines) 
  • Reports are to be submitted by 4PM on the due date
  • Reports are to be submitted as one document in PDF format titled “Organization Name_2017 Accreditation” in the following way:
  • Shared as a google files with inaccred@lehigh.edu and grant editing rights
  • Chapters are encouraged to highlight their year in the report, not to summarize everything that occurred in the past 12 months
  • Reports should showcase action and results and not focus on future plans









Presentation Guidelines
  • Presentations are to be no longer than 40 minutes.  Remaining time will be used for panelists questions (up to 60 minutes total)
  • There is no limit on the number of members who may present.  Please note that the entire chapter membership is not required to attend the presentation. 
  • The presentation is open to alumni and advisors
  • Chapters are encouraged to use multi-media (PowerPoint, Prezi, Google slides)
  • Chapters are responsible for setting up any technology needed at least 5 minutes before the start time
  • Computer, projector and screen are provided

Conduct Update: Kappa Sigma


Update 3/30: Kappa Sigma was involved in incidents on February 15, 2017 and March 1, 2017, in which behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting with Holly A. Taylor you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:

Respect for Others D1 (Hazing) - incident on March 1, 2017
Hazing as defined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Respect for Community A1 (False Information) - incident on March 1, 2017
Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) - incident on March 1,
2017
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) - incident on February 15, 2017
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

February 15, 2017 - A student walked into another student's room and vomited on the floor. He was
highly intoxicated and said he was drinking beer and grain at Kappa Sigma. He was transported to St.
Luke's and cited (.22)

March 1, 2017 - Kappa Sigma had new members carry "pledge packs." When police arrived, members lied to LUPD about the identity of a member. Police also detected an odor of alcohol on the breath of an underage member.

Kappa Sigma took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped

Respect for Others D1 (Hazing), Respect for Community A1 (False Information), Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) and Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)

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

The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from March 30, 2017 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.

Kappa Sigma Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective January 1, 2018 through May 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 following educational sanction is being imposed: at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester (prior to bid day), the entire chapter must attend a workshop with Corey Gant which will cover the rights and responsibilities the chapter incurs when taking a new member class. It is to be completed by January 30, 2018.

The following educational sanction is being imposed: create a risk management plan specifically for off campus events. Specifically this should address issues of noise, underage drinking, and utilizing the medical amnesty policy. This must be approved by OFSA by the due date. It is to be completed by April 14, 2017.


The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on February 15, 2017 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on March 1, 2017 in
which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Hazing as defined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.
2. Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.
3. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Feature Friday: Gray Schick, Psi Upsilon

       
    



Gray Schick of Psi Upsilon gives some insight into his LeaderShape experience this week...

This past winter, I was selected to be a participant in LeaderShape, a weeklong conference that aims to strengthen confidence, integrity, and leadership skills. I didn’t have much knowledge about the program when applying, but I heard such great things about it. And after going through it, I can now be another voice encouraging anyone and everyone to apply.

The first day was a bit tense. We were fifty strangers in a large meeting hall that had little idea what the week would look like. And after getting acquainted with everyone, I realized that we all had our differences. It seemed impossible that we would all get along; however, through the various activities and open conversations during the week, we all created a strong bond with one another. Sure, there were disagreements, but everyone remained respectful and open-minded. We established an atmosphere of tolerance, which allowed for genuine and meaningful discussions.

A few of these discussions involved Greek Life, specifically the divide between Greeks and non-Greeks. Before LeaderShape, I wasn’t too aware that there was a “divide,” but after listening to various people’s stories, experiences, and opinions, I realized that a separation exists. I think this is due to a prominent mentality that fraternities and sororities do everything together. There is limited outreach from Greek to non-Greek communities, and it is essential that we break this exclusivity.

LeaderShape did help me build my confidence and leadership skills, but I got out something much more. I learned that we all are entitled to our opinions and our voice, but more importantly I learned how to set opinions aside and listen to others. Instead of being dismissive of those who think differently, I welcomed the opportunity to learn why. Understanding differences teaches more than blindly following sameness. Especially when considering the Greek/non-Greek divide, we must remember that there is more to life outside our comfort zone.

I left LeaderShape with a fresh outlook on my college life. I love being involved in my fraternity, but I also look forward to the various opportunities that are ahead to me. I also left LeaderShape with an entirely new friend group that supports me every step of the way. To whomever is reading: take some risks, get involved, and meet new people.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Conduct Update: Alpha Gamma Delta




Update 3/22/17: Alpha Gamma Delta took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Others D1 (Hazing)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective March 22, 2017 through May 31, 2017. Disciplinary Probation is defined as the imposition of a trial period in which students must show that they are willing to live up to the expectations in this Code of Conduct. This trial period may not exceed four semesters.  This status implies that further violations of this code may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion.  Other sanctions may be imposed, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement in good standing.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Work with your OFSA AD and the women of Alpha Phi to create a program for next years "Hawks Against Hazing" week exploring the Lehigh University definition of hazing, the idea of consent as it relates to hazing, and the nuances of identifying hazing behaviors. It is to be completed by March 1, 2018.

The rationale for this sanction is that the days the new members were asked to dress up was during the Hawks Against Hazing week and it seems that the members of Alpha Gamma Delta would benefit from exploring hazing more deeply and helping the rest of the Greek community identify hazing behaviors.

Alpha Gamma Delta has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an incident on March 1, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Others D1 (Hazing)
Hazing as defined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Conduct Update: Delta Chi

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Update 3/7/2017:the Lehigh Chapter is hereby placed on Level I Corrective Action of the Fraternity’s Risk Management Program. As a result, the following requirements are now in place:
 
  1. The chapter must cease and desist from any behavior that is in violation of Fraternity policy and must be in full compliance with the requirements of Delta Chi Law and the Risk Management Policy.
  2. The chapter must complete and submit the enclosed letter of compliance. The letter affirms that the chapter is in full compliance with all of the provisions of Delta Chi Law and the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy. This letter must be signed by 100% of the chapter’s initiated and associate members. The deadline for receipt of this letter by the International Headquarters is April 5, 2017.
  3. The chapter must host or sponsor a program for its members focusing on responsible social conduct and alcohol safety no later than Friday, April 24, 2017. The chapter must have 80% of its membership in attendance and can consult University resources such as the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
  4. The chapter must host a presentation for all its members about Risk Management and compliance with the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy. This presentation must take place no later than Friday, April 24, 2017 and must have 80% of the chapter present.
  5. The chapter must comply in full with all Lehigh University sanctions. 

The corrective action period will end on May 31, 2018, provided that no further violations occur and that all requirements have been met as outlined. Should the chapter choose to appeal this decision, the corrective action period will not ensue until after the appeal is heard and acted on. Any failure by the Chapter to comply with the corrective actions will be deemed a separate violation of the Risk Management Policy and will be reported directly to the Risk Management Commission and could ultimately result in additional disciplinary measures.

In accordance with Article X, Part. IV,G, of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct, members of the University Committee on Discipline met on March 3, 2017 to impose sanctions.  The Chapter took responsibility for the below charges and asked that a "sanctions only hearing" be held to impose sanctions in this case.

Charges:
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)
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 I1A (Social Policy 1.A.8 - Unregistered Party)
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).

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

Respect for Community E1 (Failure to Comply)
Failure to comply with the reasonable requests of university officials (including law enforcement) while acting in the performance of their duties.

Incident Summary
Delta Chi had an unregistered party, multiple people under 21 were served alcohol. Drinkings games were being played. When LUPD arrived a highly intoxicated student was present and needed to be transported.

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) were imposed by the panel

Sanctions:
The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from March 3, 2017 through August 1, 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.

The organization will be alcohol free effective March 3, 2017 through July 31, 2017. The chapter cannot host any events in the house with alcohol and individual members are not permitted to have alcohol in their rooms. The chapter can host non-alcoholic events during the probationary period.

Delta Chi Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective August 2, 2017 through May 15, 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 Chapter is required to work with their national office and their alumni and conduct a membership review that focuses on ensuring that all members are aware of their obligations and responsibilities. It is to be completed by August 1, 2017.

The Chapter is required to work with all available resources (Alumni, OFSA, National Headquarters,etc) to develop a risk management plan based on current best practices that is scalable for multiple size events. It is to be completed by August 1, 2017, and must be approved by OFSA.

The Chapter is required to work OFSA and OSC&CE regarding any events involving alcohol during the Fall 2017 semester. All events must be approved in advance and in accordance with the risk management plan described above.

The Chapter is required to report on the outcomes of all standards board proceedings to Assoc. Dean
Mulvihill no later than April 15, 2017.

The Chapter is prohibited for recruiting any upper class men (non first year) students during the Spring 2017 semester. Prior to recruiting any upperclassman must consult with alumni and OFSA to ensure an adequate screening process is utilized

The Committee gave the following rationale for sanctions:

Rationale:
This was a significant and potentially tragic crisis that resulted in the hospitalization of one member of the Lehigh Community. The sanctions imposed reflect the panel’s acknowledgement that the chapter has taken responsibility for the incident but still needs to address the hard issues with current and future membership. The panel considered dissolving the chapter but the lack of any past disciplinary record, clear desire for improvement, and cooperation regarding the investigation helps us to believe the chapter can be successful and be a value adding member of the Lehigh University campus community.

Conduct Update: Alpha Phi


Update 3/22/17: Alpha Phi took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Others D1 (Hazing)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
You are placed on Disciplinary Probation effective March 22, 2017 through May 31, 2017. Disciplinary Probation is defined as the imposition of a trial period in which students must show that they are willing to live up to the expectations in this Code of Conduct. This trial period may not exceed four semesters.  This status implies that further violations of this code may result in disciplinary suspension or expulsion.  Other sanctions may be imposed, and additional requirements may be imposed as conditions for reinstatement in good standing.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Work with your OFSA AD and the women of Alpha Gamma Delta to create a program for next years "Hawks Against Hazing" week exploring the Lehigh University definition of hazing, the idea of consent as it relates to hazing, and the nuances of identifying hazing behaviors. It is to be completed by March 1, 2018.

The rationale for this sanction is that the days the new members were asked to dress up was during the Hawks Against Hazing week and it seems that the members of Alpha Phi would benefit from exploring hazing more deeply and helping the rest of the Greek community identify hazing behaviors.

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on March 3, 2017 in
which actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Hazing as defined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.