Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Conduct Update: Psi Upsilon



Update 5/15: On May 15, 2017 a disciplinary conference was held.

INCIDENT SUMMARY: LUPD found an unregistered party. During the house check, a covered smoke detector was discovered in one room and drugs/drug paraphernalia in another.

After reviewing the information related to incident, the Hearing Officer made the following finding(s)
regarding the violation(s) for which you were charged:

1. Respect for Self C1 (Drugs) -- Responsible
2. Respect for Self D1 (Drug Paraphernalia) -- Responsible
3. Respect for Community I1A (Social Policy 1.A.8 - Unregistered Party) -- Responsible
4. Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)--Responsible

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:

Psi Upsilon Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective April 28, 2017 through December 18, 2017. 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 is required to develop and submit a set of behavioral expectations for all chapter members. It is to be completed by August 15, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill.

The Chapter is required to work with the University Counseling Center to bring a speaker to talk about drugs and drug use to the chapter during the Fall 2017 semester. It is to be completed by October 6, 2017.  For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

The Chapter is required to develop a comprehensive risk management/event management plan for on and off campus events. This plan must include input from OFSA, Alumni officers, and your national office. It is to be completed by September 15, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

The Chapter is required to work with IFC to develop a meaningful educational experience for chapter members. It is to be completed by October 6, 2017. For further information please contact Christopher J. Mulvihill

Rationale for Finding and Key Facts:
The chapter admitted responsibility for the charges related to the unregistered party, and not responsible for the charges related to the drugs found in a bedroom. The organization is responsible for the drug violations because they are responsible for what occurs in their facility. An investigation by the chapter did not find a responsible party and it is clear that there was insufficient monitoring on the part of the members concerning activities that were going on throughout the house. When no individual member comes forward, the organization must be held accountable.


The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on April 28, 2017 in which actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. The unauthorized or illegal use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug.
2. The possession of drug paraphernalia.
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. 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.)