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.