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.)