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.)