Friday, February 3, 2017

Conduct Update: Delta Chi

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Update 2/27: The suspension of Delta Chi Fraternity is lifted, and the chapter can resume operations. The following restrictions are placed on the organization pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing: The chapter is prohibited from having alcohol in the chapter house or hosting events (on or off campus) with alcohol. 

UPDATE 2/22/17: Delta Chi Fraternity has been charged with violating the code of conduct
related to an incident on February 2, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
Specifically: Alcohol was provided to at least two students who were under the age of 21.

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.)
Specifically: There was no management of the alcohol that Delta Chi provided or that guests brought
with them. Furthermore Delta Chi permitted/promoted drinking games at this event

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).
Specifically: There were more than 50 people present at an event at which alcohol was present.

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.
Specifically: Delta Chi Fraternity provided alcohol and an environment in which students who are under 21 were allowed to consume alcohol.

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.
Specifically: Delta Chi failed to seek medical assistance as directed in the medical amnesty policy as it relates to student organizations

UPDATE 2/8/17: Delta Chi Headquarters issued the following communication to the Lehigh chapter: A complaint of violation of Delta Chi’s Risk Management Policy has been filed against the Lehigh Chapter. The violations are alleged to have taken place during the Spring 2017 semester.  The Chapter is being ordered to cease and desist from any and all behavior that is in violation of FIPG and Delta Chi’s Risk Management Policies.

As of February 3, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Delta Chi Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into possible violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct, the Lehigh University Social Policy and other applicable policies that occurred in the chapter house during an unregistered social event.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Delta Chi 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 “Delta 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 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.