Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Conduct Update: Alpha Chi Omega (Temporary Suspension)

To: Members of the Lehigh University Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
From: Christopher J. Mulvihill, Associate Dean of Students
RE: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Alpha Chi Omega Sorority

As of the issuance of this letter on December 12, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Alpha Chi
Omega Sorority is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into
allegations that the chapter hosted, planned, and/or executed a scavenger hunt (road rally) that encouraged illegal and/or proscribed activity.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority 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 an Alpha Chi Omega 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.

Questions regarding this suspension should be directed to my office. I can be reached via email at
cjm9@lehigh.edu or via telephone at 610-758-4632.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alpha Epsilon Pi hosts Lehigh After Dark event



Alpha Epsilon Pi recently held a Lehigh After Dark event and offered to guest author the latest blog post. Check out the chapter's reflections below!!




Last Saturday night, Alpha Epsilon Pi co-sponsored a Lehigh After Dark Event where
people from all backgrounds and graduating classes came together to have fun in a relaxed
environment. This type of event has been becoming increasingly more popular for Greek
organizations to be a part of, and after participating in one myself, I definitely want to make an
effort to continue them into the future. We decided to do our event at Skyzone and it was a
tremendous success. We had over 30 students attend, stretching from First years to Seniors
with members of many Greek organizations in attendance as well. The Skyzone staff was
extremely grateful that we brought so many people and the event allowed Lehigh students to
connect with people they normally wouldn’t have the chance to interact with.

With the rise of student hospitalizations at Lehigh and the dangers of alcohol abuse
becoming more present, events like this serve as a good outlet for students to have fun in an
alcohol free environment, and also get a solid hour of exercise in. While it is not a goal of most
people to stop students from partying all together, taking one night a week off from partying
and focusing on an event like this where you meet new people and do something that
promotes health, while also having fun, could potentially result in a much safer and healthier
student environment. I would highly recommend other chapters to take initiative and co-
sponsor a Lehigh After Dark event; it is extremely easy to apply, organize, and fund. The staff
makes running these events incredibly easy and minimizes the heavy majority of the cost to
host. We need to repair the Greek image on campus and this could be a big step in the right
direction.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Greek Recruitment Pregame: Assessment Insight

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs launched the Greek Recruitment Pregame this fall.  This program was required for all students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority and also dubbed as a 5x10 for Inclusive Leadership.  In total, 633 students participated in the program.  Learn more about the experience in the assessment insight included below. 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Delta Chi Sponsors Fundraiser with Bethlehem Area Education Foundation

 
 
Delta Chi's four cardinal values are promoting friendship, developing character, advancing justice, and assisting in the acquisition of a sound education. 

Through fundraising money for the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation, the brothers of Delta Chi are looking to spread our values by supporting and advancing the local schools. 

The purpose of the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation's event similarly aligns with the values of Delta Chi:

-Mobilize the community to promote and foster the Bethlehem Area School District.
-Support educator innovation to advance curriculum and dynamic learning environments.
-Support school district programs that emphasize Core LearningStretch LearningStudent Engagement andPersonal Skill Development.
-Foster community and family partnerships.
-Raise and leverage necessary resources to support the mission of the Foundation.
-Develop a collaborative spirit and supportive relationships between the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation, the Bethlehem Area School District and the Bethlehem Education Association.

Delta Chi is participating in the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala at the Sand Casino, sponsoring a table to benefit the city's schools and enable its teachers to pursue special projects with its students. The event has a minimum fundraising mark of $500, however Lehigh Delta Chi has set the objective at $5000 because all proceeds are going to the district and the tremendous faculty who advance its goals. While $5000 is our goal it is certainly not our ceiling, and any extra proceeds will go directly to the foundation. Any donation, small or large, is greatly appreciated by both Delta Chi, the community, and the students of Bethlehem!

The Link to the GoFundMe Page is below: 

Please Contact Lehigh Delta Chi's Philanthropy Chair, Matt Gibson, mlg220@lehigh.edu, with any questions or comments on this campaign!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha

Update 12/05/2017
Pi Kappa Alpha has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an incident on November 17, 2017.

The allegations are 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.

The chapter pleaded responsible for the above-mentioned charges and will move to a sanctions-only hearing prior to the end of the semester.

Update: 11/17/2017
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

Update: 11.27.2017
The University Committee on Discipline will meet to impose sanctions in a disciplinary case regarding the below mentioned charges following an incident in which a student was cited for underage drinking.

Update: 11.20.2017
Sigma Phi Epsilon has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an
incident on November 12, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
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.)


The chapter has a decision to make regarding the process we use to resolve the above charges:
1) You can plead not responsible and have the allegations resolved via one of the methods described in the Code of Conduct.(Art. X., Section IV, Part F,). Please note that the method of resolution will be
determined by the Conduct Officer.

2) You can plead responsible and ask that the case be resolved via a Sanction Only Hearing in Article X, Section G of the Code of Conduct.

The Lehigh University Code of Conduct contains more information regarding these resolution methods and can be found online at http://www.lehigh.edu/go/codeofconduct

Original Post: 11.17.2017
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.

Le/Laf: Step Up LU


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Le/Laf: #HawksFlyTogether


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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Conduct Update: Kappa Alpha

Update: 12/06/2017
The University Committee on Discipline met on December 5, 2017, to adjudicate a case in
which Kappa Alpha was charged with:

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

After reviewing the information related to incident, the Committee found the chapter not responsible.
 
Rationale for Finding:
Based on the testimony of the chapter and witnesses, the panel finds it just as possible that the student
was not at the party versus being at the party. Furthermore, had she been at the party she would have had to deliberately circumvent the chapter's relatively strong risk management policy. Finally, the panel found the chapter to be credible and transparent in their responses and their willingness to help improve the atmosphere on campus and believe this is evidence in support of a finding of Not Responsible.

This concludes the disciplinary process for this matter. More information on the Lehigh University
Disciplinary process can be found in the Code of Conduct which can be found online at
http://www.lehigh.edu/go/codeofconduct


Update: 11/27/2017
The University Committee on Discipline will meet to resolve the below charges against Kappa Alpha.

Charges:
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.)

INCIDENT DATE: November 12, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY: A student was intoxicated and vomiting her friend called for help.

JUDICIAL PROCESS: Members of Kappa Alpha Fraternity are referred to the University
Student Conduct System. It can be found at: http://www.lehigh.edu/go/codeofconduct . You are urged to review the process described therein, especially your right to have present a university friend, who may be a member of the faculty or staff, or a fellow student as well as certain other regulations that apply to corporate entities.

Original Post: 11/13/2017
The Office of Student Conduct has charged Kappa Alpha following an incident that occurred on November 12, 2017 in which Kappa Alpha's actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1.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.)

2. Intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

The chapter can either plead not responsible and the method of resolution will be determined by a conduct officer, or the chapter can plead responsible and ask that the case be resolved via a sanctions-only hearing.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Feature Friday: Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.


This week's Feature Friday goes out to Sigma Psi Zeta, Sorority Inc.

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. is a progressive multicultural sorority with roots in Asian/Pacific Islander American women's issues advocacy. They were founded March 23, 1994, at SUNY Albany by 10 women. Sigma Psi Zeta's philanthropy has been to combat violence against women, and they have 33 chapters across the country. 
 
This organization recently received provisional recognition at Lehigh University, which means that Sigma Psi Zeta is eligible to host informational meetings, scholarship events, or community service projects on campus in order to determine if there is interest in growing the organization. The provisional recognition will remain in place for three consecutive semesters beginning in Spring 2018.  Should provisional recognition be successful, the organization will have the opportunity to organize a chapter at Lehigh and welcome women into the organization. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about Sigma Psi Zeta, please feel free to visit their website at https://www.sigmapsizeta.org/ or contact Liz Suizzo at syzvisciana@gmail.com.
 
Back Story: The Cultural Greek Council is exploring opportunities to A) provide more options to students that might be interested in joining the community and B) to raise awareness of the various organizations that fit under the Cultural Greek Council umbrella. Sigma Psi Zeta has performed at two of the Council's annual Yard Shows, and the organization was well received across members and attendees.

Thank you again to the members of the committee that helped evaluate this organization.  They include the following:

Djenne Dickens
Bryce Macomber
Sydney O'Tapi
Corey Gant
Dr. Dahlia Hylton
Aarsenio Perry
Derrick Smith.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Conduct Update: Kappa Alpha

Update: 11.07.2017
Kappa Alpha was involved in an incident on November 4, 2017, in which your 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 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:
Student was arrested for disorderly house, member of KA.

The chapter took responsibility for all charges.

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
The following educational sanction is being imposed. The fraternity must notify the Office of Student
Conduct anytime they are going to host an off campus event. This notification must be sent to Holly
Taylor (hat214) at least 2 hours prior to the start of the event and should include the address of the event, names of the sober monitors, bartenders, and list any other risk management that the fraternity
implements. It is to be completed by December 31, 2017.

You retain your right to appeal this decision as outlined in the Lehigh University Student Handbook. If you choose to appeal, your appeal is due to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations no later than 4:45 p.m. on November 10, 2017. Appeals can be filed online at:
http://lehigh.edu/go/discappeals.

Original Post: 11.06.2017
The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on November 4, 2017 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. 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.

2. Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal, state, or local laws.

You are required to contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations immediately to discuss this matter.

Messages Regarding Unrecognized Groups from Student Conduct


Please see below for messages regarding unrecognized groups from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations. 

TO: Members of the Lehigh University Greek Community
FROM: Christopher Mulvihill, Associate Dean of Students
RE: Co-sponsorship / Participation with Dissolved or Formerly Recognized Chapters by Recognized Chapters.


Lehigh University has a long standing tradition of excellence in its Greek Community. The member
organizations are among the finest in the country and our Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is at the cutting edge of programing and education in developing a meaningful Greek experience for individual members.


Being a part of that tradition of excellence is a privilege and it requires that organizations meet certain standards of behavior, as found in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct and as evaluated by Lehigh’s nationally recognized accreditation program. When organizations fail to meet those standards, and fail to utilize the incredible resources available to assist them in doing so, they are removed from our community. Most recently this applies to Kappa Sigma Fraternity. It also applies to other groups that are no longer a part of our community such as Delta Phi and Lambda Chi Alpha, (a,k,a,) “Lambda”.


As these groups no longer enjoy the benefits or carry the responsibility of membership in the community, it is inappropriate for our currently recognized chapters to continue to have a relationship with these groups. Doing so diminishes the work that your organizations do and puts your members at risk, as these groups are not required to participate in the trainings related to health and safety issues that your organizations participate in.


Continuing to grant these organizations a sense of legitimacy through socializing and participating in events with these groups undermines the efforts of the Lehigh University Greek Community to provide life-long benefit to your member’s experiences. It also undermines the messages concerning the positive nature of Greek Life as these unrecognized groups are the antithesis of the best in what Fraternity and Sorority Life represent. At a time where the benefit of Greek Letter Organizations is in question because of the lack of concern for the health and safety of others that is sometimes demonstrated, why would you continue to provide a place for groups that have demonstrated a complete disregard for the foundational principles of Greek Life to exist? Failing to hold these groups accountable for their failures makes those organizations that continue to recognize them complicit in the degradation of our community’s reputation.

Lehigh University has a duty to maintain the integrity of the Greek Community and does so by providing resources to the community that are unmatched for an institution of our size and enacting reasonable policies for the management of the community. With that in mind, the following policies are being enacted:


Organizations that participate in or co-sponsor events of any nature (social, service/philanthropic, or
educational) with formerly recognized organizations will be charged with violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct including (but not limited to):

  • Failure to comply with the reasonable requests of University officials (including law enforcement) while acting in the performance of their duties.
  • Violating any Lehigh University policies, rules, or regulations, including but not limited to, residential living policies (General Provisions for Occupancy) and policies related to the use of the University computer network.
  • Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct. (Kappa Sigma is barred from participating in events sponsored by or affiliated with Lehigh University).
The minimum sanction recommendations for these violations will be Disciplinary Probation (Corporate) for one full semester.
 

This memo should also serve to remind our Chapters that are members of the National Panhellenic Council of the NPC policy on Events with Recognized Fraternities and the congruent local NPC Policy as presented in the September 1, 2017 letter from Brigette Gardner.
 

I ask you as members of the Lehigh University Greek Community to take a stand and honor our excellent Greek Community by not giving away the benefits of membership to those organizations that have failed to live up to our standards.

TO: Members of the Dissolved Lehigh University Chapter of Kappa Sigma
FROM: Christopher Mulvihill, Associate Dean of Students
RE: ON-GOING ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITY BY FORMER MEMBERS OF KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY


Over the past several weeks it has come to the attention of the University that the members of the recently dissolved Kappa Sigma Chapter at Lehigh University are recruiting first-year students into the non-existent Kappa Sigma Chapter. Furthermore, there was an off-campus party the weekend of October 7, 2017 in which 5 former members were cited for having a disorderly house and over 150 students were seen leaving the party and another citation for a disorderly house over the weekend of October 28, 2017.


These actions clearly violate the sanction of Dissolution that was imposed on Kappa Sigma Fraternity on July 14, 2017. There are several repercussions from the continued existence and operation of the organization both for the now defunct organization and the individual members:
 

For Kappa Sigma Fraternity:
The Kappa Sigma Chapter was dissolved effective July 14, 2017 through July 4, 2019. The failure of the organization to adhere to the dissolved status jeopardizes the organization’s ability to return to campus at a later date. Additionally more active measures to disallow continued activity will be taken:

  • No more than two former Kappa Sigma members may participate in intramurals on the same team.
  • Any organization hosting or co-hosting social, service, or other events with the formerly recognized Kappa Sigma fraternity or a portion of its members is subject to disciplinary action.
  • No former member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity can reserve campus spaces without direct permission from the Dean of Student’s Office,
  • Any attempt to circumvent these limitations will result in the organization being barred from returning to Lehigh permanently.
For Individual Members:
Former members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity continue to act as an organization through recruitment and social events. That being the case, continued activity that could be construed as organizational activity on the part of individuals will be adjudicated through the University Conduct Process. As of the issuance of this letter, the minimum recommended sanction for this activity will be deferred suspension for one full semester. Furthermore, activity meant to circumvent the above limitations on organizational activity, will also be adjudicated through the University Conduct System.
 

All former Kappa Sigma members are required to provide the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations with their off campus addresses. Failure to do so will result in students being held accountable for failure to comply with this request. You can submit off campus addresses to the Office of Student Conduct at inosc@lehigh.edu.

Lehigh University imposed significant sanctions, including dissolution, against the Kappa Sigma Fraternity because of its repeated violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The former members of this organization are required to adhere to that decision. Failure to do so will result in significant consequences for the individuals and far reaching ramifications for the future status of Kappa Sigma at Lehigh University.

Lehigh University commends the Kappa Sigma National Office for severing ties with this currently
unrecognized chapter and hopes that they will hold their members accountable through their internal
processes as well.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Feature Friday: Lindsay Wilson, Alpha Phi


 
Being an Orientation Leader at Lehigh is easily the most rewarding and impactful experience I will have at Lehigh. Getting to start off the year working with 80 other people who are just as eager to meet the first-years and make new friends is incredibly refreshing. This was my second time serving as an OL and it was definitely the most meaningful to me. Shifting from my role as a first year OL to my role as a returner OL required a change in mindset in order to succeed. As a returner, I wanted to mentor the first-time OLs and help them feel comfortable in their new role. My experience in Alpha Phi helped me prepare for this role since I serve as a mentor to the younger girls in my chapter. I am very involved on campus and always encourage my sisters to participate in on-campus events and really take advantage of all of the incredible opportunities Lehigh has to offer. My experience in Alpha Phi helped me feel confident taking on more of a leadership role within Orientation this year.


I think the best thing about Orientation is that it encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and interact with people you might not have met otherwise. I think the Lehigh Greek community could really improve by adopting the open and inclusive environment that the Office of the First Year Experience (OFYE) has worked so hard to create. Being able to look beyond our own chapters and meet people in all different chapters and groups on campus would help propel the Greek community to do even greater things for the overall Lehigh Community.

We only have four years at Lehigh and we must make every second of it count. My best advice as both a member of the Greek community and an Orientation Leader is step out of your comfort zone. Make an effort to meet new people and try new things!  

Serving as an Orientation Leader has helped me to be a more thoughtful and impactful member of the Greek community and person. Apply to be an OL when the applications come out! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Letter to the Lehigh Community from the Interfraternity Council

 
Please see below for a message shared with the campus community from the Interfraternity Council earlier this week.  

Dear Campus Community,

As many of you are aware, a Lehigh University student and a guest to our community were
engaged in an incident involving a racially motivated statement.


While we respect the due process of an ongoing investigation, Lehigh University’s Interfraternity
Council (IFC) wants to be clear in stating that the executive board and all of its participating
organizations not only condemn racially motivated remarks, but condemn any action that
discriminates against another person or group.


Lehigh University prides itself on fostering a welcoming campus climate. The Interfraternity
Council accepts and appreciates the differences amongst the members of our community, and
will continue to stand up in support of The Principles of our Equitable Community.
 

The Interfraternity Council is committed to holding its participating organizations and all general
members accountable for their actions. We engage in discussions with Lehigh University’s
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity as well as the Office of the General
Counsel to enhance our ability of promoting equity on campus while also developing a better
understanding of the process for Title VI investigations. Pending the outcome of the ongoing
investigation, the IFC will follow its own procedure to ensure that the responsible organization(s)
and student(s) understand the consequences of their behavior and the resulting negative impact
on Lehigh’s community.


If Lehigh University students, faculty, staff, or guests to our community experience and/or
witness harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct, we encourage them to visit this link for
options on reporting the incident. Additionally, in an effort to further hold the organizations in the
IFC community accountable for their actions, students, faculty, and staff can submit an incident
report via this link, which the IFC judicial committee will review in determining an appropriate
course of action. We do want to emphasize, however, that using the IFC’s link for reporting
should not be used alone, and that any person reporting should also go through Lehigh
University’s options for reporting as well.


If you would like to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, please email
lehighifc@gmail.com.


Only together can we truly be Lehigh Strong.


Sincerely,
Lehigh University’s Interfraternity Council

Feature Friday: Haley Donovan, Kappa Delta

My name is Haley Donovan, and I’m currently a sophomore and a member of Kappa Delta. During my first year I decided to apply to become an Orientation Leader, and was luckily selected for a position on the OFYE staff. Becoming an OL was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences that I have had at Lehigh so far. I’ve been fortunate enough to make great new friends through the process and create memories that I’m sure we’ll talk about for the remainder of our time at Lehigh. 

For me, deciding to join Greek Life was an easy decision and I’ve loved being part of a chapter with so many women that I connect to and can rely on for anything. I’ve also loved how joining a chapter allows students to become more involved in the Lehigh community through philanthropy events and other opportunities. However, I still wanted the chance to work with people outside of my own chapter or even outside of Greek Life altogether in order to truly get the most out of my time at Lehigh and expand my connections to different groups on campus. Working on the OFYE staff has allowed me to meet members of many different fraternities and sororities as well as students who are not involved in Greek Life at all, but often had a lot to share about different clubs and organizations that they were passionate about. 

One of the most important things that being an Orientation Leader has taught me as a sorority member was that Lehigh has so much to offer outside of an individual chapter or even Greek Life as a whole. I often hear people say that it is easy to get caught up in a type of social bubble within Greek Life or that there is some level of distance between non-Greek students and those who are involved in Greek Life. Meeting students from all across campus has reminded me that finding outside interests via clubs or other means is a great way to reach another level of involvement on campus and have a well-rounded experience while at Lehigh. 

In addition to expanding my interests on campus, working with the OFYE has taught me how to be a more effective leader and problem solver, which I believe can be useful within my chapter. Much of the Orientation Leader training revolves around connecting with all of the students within the groups that we are assigned to and addressing everyone’s concerns. This can be helpful in bringing a chapter closer together by helping each member to connect with one another more. Additionally, if a bigger decision has to be made on behalf of the chapter, keeping the interests of everyone involved can help ensure that everyone will be happier with the final result. 

Joining the OFYE has been one of the best things that I have ever become involved in. Learning how to be a better leader and team builder as well as making some amazing new friends is something that I wouldn’t have obtained as easily without this amazing experience. If anyone has even considered applying to work with the OFYE, I strongly encourage all to do so. After becoming involved, I can’t see my Lehigh experience without it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Phi Delta Theta Alumnus Receives the Chapter Adviser of the Year Award

We are thrilled to share that John Papazian, Chapter Advisor Chairman to Phi Delta Theta, has received the Samuel V. Stone Outstanding Chapter Adviser of the Year Award by Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters.

John is always present and radiating with joy over whatever achievement the chapter’s recently reached. He’s incredibly proud, yet humble, and quick to point out that the work was shared across a number of folks. However, we are not na├»ve and know for certain much of the chapter’s successes are in part because of his continued and unwavering commitment to guide, coach, and mentor the undergraduate men so that they may become the greatest versions of themselves. In many instances, John has put forth the extra effort and energy to handle difficult situations, resolve conflict and, put simply, get things done. He does all of this expecting nothing in return less the betterment of the Fraternity.

To learn more about John and his contributions to the Pennsylvania Eta Chapter at Lehigh University, please read the biography shared with his award announcement below:


Brother Papazian started as a freshman at Lehigh University in 1974. He was initiated into Phi Delta Theta during his freshman year, and was an active member his entire four years at Lehigh. During this time, Brother Papazian held minor positions within the chapter, but never held an executive board position. He became an Alumnus of the Pennsylvania Eta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta in 1978, when he graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. 

John began his career as an Engineering Manager at Lehn & Fink, a firm that produced household goods such as Lysol. During this time, he also pursued an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. In 1989, Brother Papazian started at The Mennen Company, which would later be acquired by Colgate-Palmolive, where he has worked ever since. Brother Papazian currently serves as Colgate-Palmolive’s Worldwide Director of Global Information Technology. 

In 2001, the Phi Delta Theta Chapter suspended operations at Lehigh University indefinitely. In 2012, Lehigh University put out a call to National and International fraternities that it wished to expand Greek Life for Lehigh men by adding another fraternity. Brother John Papazian saw this as an opportunity to rebuild Pennsylvania Eta into the thriving brotherhood that he experienced as an active Samuel V. Stone Outstanding Chapter Adviser of the Year Award brother, and a way to pass on to new Lehigh Students the pride and excitement associated with becoming a Phi. 

Brother Papazian was highly influential in rallying alumni support for the recolonization of Pennsylvania Eta, a fact that was cited as a major reason for Lehigh supporting Phi Delta Theta over the approximately 20 other fraternities that submitted applications to install chapters at Lehigh. Brother Papazian’s incredible dedication gave the University comfort in knowing that this new chapter would have the support needed to grow and be successful at Lehigh. 

Since the reinstallation of the Chapter, Brother Papazian has undertaken countless monumental tasks associated with bringing the Pennsylvania Eta chapter to where it is now. Along with his wife Carol, Brother Papazian spent countless hours planning the installation ceremony of Pennsylvania Eta. He attended almost every colony meeting, and almost every chapter meeting following installation. He was incredibly influential in raising close to $100,000 in donations from fellow alumni in order to furnish our new Chapter House. He took it upon himself to locate, refinish, and frame every Pennsylvania Eta Composite from 1960 until 2001. This list, however is not fully inclusive of all the work and minor tasks that Brother Papazian took on to help Pennsylvania Eta reestablish itself within Lehigh’s community.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Conduct Update: Sigma Chi


Update: 11/08/2017
Sigma Chi has plead responsible for all charges, and members of The University Committee on Discipline will meet to impose sanctions in disciplinary case at the following time, date and location:

HEARING: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 4pm


The information regarding this case is below:

CHARGES:
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.

INCIDENT DATE: October 13, 2017

NARRATIVE: On the night of October 12 - October 13, three students were involved in serious alcohol incidents, two requiring transport to St. Luke's after being at a Sigma Chi pre-game and a Sigma Chi champagne party. Additionally when one student required medical assistance while at the Sigma Chi off campus house none of the members called for help. 

CASE DOCUMENTATION: Information provided by LUPD and Associate Dean Mulvihill

CONDUCT PROCESS: The chapter accepted responsibility for these charges and asked that a panel determine the sanctions in this case. You are referred to the University Student Code of Conduct. It can be found at: http://www.lehigh.edu/go/codeofconduct . You are urged to review the process described therein, especially your right to have present a university friend, who may be a member of the faculty or staff, or a fellow student.

Update: 11/03/2017 (Message from Sigma Chi Fraternity International Headquarters)
Brothers of Alpha Rho:

Effective immediately, the General Fraternity has temporarily suspended the social functions of the Alpha Rho Chapter pending an investigation into allegations that the chapter violated Sigma Chi Governing Laws and policies.

Your chapter’s social functions are suspended effective immediately. These functions are to include, but are not necessarily limited to: parties, mixers, gatherings, and any social events, whether formal or informal. Any gathering that would be construed as a Sigma Chi event is prohibited during this suspension.

We thank you for your cooperation with this situation, and assure you that everything in our power will be done to find a quick and fair resolution to the matter. We will be in contact throughout the investigation and potential sanctioning process. If you have any questions regarding the interim suspension status of your chapter, please contact us. 

Update: 11/02/2017
The chapter has been charged with violated the code of conduct related to an incident on October 12/13, 2017.

The allegations are 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.

The chapter has a decision to make regarding the process we use to resolve the above charges:
1) You can plead not responsible and have the allegations resolved via one of the methods described in the Code of Conduct.(Art. X., Section IV, Part F,). Please note that the method of resolution will be
determined by the Conduct Officer.
2) You can plead responsible and ask that the case be resolved via a Sanction Only Hearing in Article X, Section G of the Code of Conduct.


Update: 11/01/2017
To: Members of the Lehigh University Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

From: Student Conduct and Community Expectations

RE: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of Sigma Chi Fraternity

The Lehigh University Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity is placed on temporary social suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into an off campus party that resulted in two students being hospitalized and another underage student cited for drinking.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity is prohibited from conducting all social activities on and off campus until this suspension is lifted. This suspension applies to all organized social events as well as impromptu social gatherings of members and/or guests that could be construed in any way to be a “Sigma Chi 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 continue 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: 10/24/2017
The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on October 13, 2017 in which Sigma Chi may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

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. Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.