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

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

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.