Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Conduct Update: Kappa Sigma

Update shared July 1, 2017: 
The University Committee on Discipline will meet to resolve the below charges: 

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
Specifically: There was alcohol available and distributed to students under the age of 21, more than 40 underage students were issued citations in lieu of arrests by Pennsylvania State Police.

Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)
Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is prohibited. 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.)
Specifically: Several students reported that a keg was present at the event and a lack of control over the distribution of alcohol (bartenders, sober monitors etc.)

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.
Specifically: Kappa Sigma Fraternity hosted an event in which alcohol was made available in an unrestricted manner to any attendees including those students who are under 21. More than 40 of those students were charged with underage drinking by the Pennsylvania State Police.

INCIDENT DATE: April 22, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY: Lehigh University received a report from the Pennsylvania State Police alleging that multiple (over 40) students were cited for underage drinking at an off campus event. It was also reported that one member of the organization was cited for providing alcohol to minors.

Update shared by Kappa Sigma Fraternity Headquarters, June 1, 2017: 
The Supreme Executive Committee has reviewed the investigation report from the District Grand Master regarding alleged violations of the social event and alcohol standards by the Beta-Iota Chapter at Lehigh University, and determined that the chapter has violated the Kappa Sigma Code of Conduct.

Accordingly, the following sanctions are placed on the chapter for the violations:
  1. The Chapter will be alcohol-free until July 1, 2018 or all sanctions are complete, whichever occurs latest. All chapter activities will be alcohol-free regardless of location. The chapter house and any other location where brothers gather must be alcohol-free. The chapter must make a request to the Supreme Executive Committee to reinstate this privilege once all other sanctions are complete.
  2. The Chapter will be assessed a $5,000 fine to be paid within 90 days of the date of this notice.
  3. The Chapter must have 4 men present at the 2017 Kappa Sigma Grand Conclave at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada July 12-16, 2017.
  4. The Chapter will complete a My Brother's Keeper workshop and Code of Conduct seminar at the direction of the District Grand Master.
  5. The Chapter must meet the minimum standards of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity:
    • The Chapter's membership must hold the average number of ritual proficiency certificates for all chapters of Kappa Sigma: 67% Ritual Proficient with one certificate and 20% with two certificates. 
    • The Chapter's grade point average must be above the All Men's Average. 
    • The Chapter must meet all goals for Champion Quest for all recruitment periods.
    • The Chapter's members must achieve at least 25 hours of community service and raise $25 for the philanthropy of their choice and log the hours and dollars donated in KappaSig.Net
The Chapter must complete all sanctions and request removal of alcohol-free status within 1-year of this notice of sanctions. If the sanctions are not completed within 1 year, the Chapter will show cause before the Supreme Executive Committee to determine if it should remain a chapter.

The suspension of operations is now lifted, and the Chapter is to move forward completing these sanctions in a thorough fashion.

Temporary Suspension Notice from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations, May 3, 2017: 

Per communication from the Executive Director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the operations of the Beta-Iota Chapter at Lehigh University are suspended immediately. This action is taken as result of communications received regarding alleged violations of the Code of Conduct by the Chapter.

The Chapter is to cease all operations immediately including the following: Chapter Meetings, Chapter Social Functions, Intramurals, all Pledge and Initiation Activities, all Community Service Projects and all Alumni Events. The Chapter will also be alcohol free indefinitely which means that there can be no alcohol at any Kappa Sigma event regardless of the location. The Chapter House, and unofficial Chapter House or any other location where Brothers gather must be alcohol free. 

Temporary Suspension Notice from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations, May 3, 2017: 

The Beta Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Lehigh University is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into an incident on or about April 22, 2017, where more than 40 students in attendance at a Kappa Sigma event were cited for underage drinking, one member was cited for multiple counts of furnishing alcohol, and one student in attendance was not eligible to affiliate with a fraternity.

Effective immediately, chapter is prohibited from conducting all activities until this suspension is lifted. This suspension applies to all organized events as well as impromptu social gatherings of members and/or guests that could be construed in any way to be a “Kappa Sigma Event”.

This action is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations will begin an investigation into this incident in the immediate future and this interim suspension will remain in place until lifted by the Dean of Students.