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:


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).