Friday, September 29, 2017

Feature Friday: Eric Rizzi, Theta Chi








Here is Eric's perspective on "Balancing First Years and Fraternity Life"

Being an Orientation Leader is the best decision I have made at Lehigh thus far. It is an experience like no other on campus, and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It strongly mirrors the experiences I have shared with brothers of my fraternity, which is another aspect of my campus life that I deeply cherish. The camaraderie between me and my fellow staff members is something that closely parallels that inside the Theta Chi house. 

One concept that immediately became apparent to me in orientation that mirrors that of Greek life is being a part of something greater than yourself. Orientation gave me the opportunity to step back and really see what sort of people make up Lehigh’s campus. Whether it be in the lens of major, class year, Greek vs. non-Greek, or even where someone came from originally, we all had to come together to make the orientation experience the best it could be. All barriers of campus life were dropped at the door, which gave all staff members an equal opportunity to freely participate, contribute ideas, and ultimately grow as individuals. This sort of “open to being open” mentality is something I see benefiting our Greek community on a large scale. There is so much that we can learn from one another, and the letters on our houses don’t have to be a divide for intellectual or charismatic growth.
               
Once the brothers in my house started to move back in during the orientation training period, I quickly remembered how special the bonds I share with my brothers really are. I took that idea to heart, and applied it as much as I could throughout the orientation experience. To my benefit, I was able to make deep and personal connections with several staff members, and they are now some of my closest friends who I can say hello to anywhere on campus.
                
Orientation was a very fulfilling experience, and I would highly recommend doing it to anyone who is even remotely considering it. It showcases some of the best personalities Lehigh has to offer and offers the ability to effectively grow as a student, a leader among the community, and a better person on the whole. I look forward to applying as a returner in the near future.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Feature Friday: Gaby Montes, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.




Huge thanks to this week's Feature Friday, Gabriela Montes!  

Community service, social justice, education, and sisterhood. Through my involvement in both the Community Service Office and my sorority, these themes remain at the core of my daily experiences and complement one another well. I love being both a CSOer and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. Both positions have taught me so much and made me into a stronger leader and better individual. It is great to bring what I learn in the CSO back to my sorority and the Cultural Greek Council.

The Community Service Office has helped me become a better leader and has helped me to fully understand and know how to share with others the value of meaningful service and the grandiose importance of working together with one’s community. Meaningful service calls one to be in communication with their community and to know their needs at that point in time. This communication allows them to know how they can best work with their community. Working in the CSO has also allowed me to understand how important the connections we have with our community partners are because in the past they did not exist. The community and Lehigh used to not work together at all and it was as if there was a large barrier between the two. I find it important to remember this historical context and not take the partnerships for granted.

My membership in Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated has also honed my leadership skills and with the emphasis on the principles of unity, love and respect, allowed me to continue my passion for service and spread it to even more people! I have the ability to not only teach my sisters about meaningful service, but to carry lessons about communicating well with partners, ensuring we work “with” people rather than “for”, and many others to our chapter and council. I have also been able to use my frame of reference from my work in the CSO to bring ideas out into the community and foster those relationships.

It is my goal to always continue to learn from my involvement in these amazing organizations and share such lessons with others and our community in impactful ways.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

IFC Open Houses






This Wednesday September 20th , from 4:30-7pm,  IFC chapters will be hosting open houses. This is a great way for potential new members to get to know what it’s like to live in a fraternity house, and a
chance to get to know some new people. Formal spring recruitment will be a shorter period than in
years past, so it’s especially important to start to find organizations that interest potential new members and fit their values! Subscribe to the IFC Recruitment mailing list using this link for more information and to receive important updates about upcoming recruitment events, dates and deadlines:

https://goo.gl/forms/pnSvZWXtVEHHDn142

Come check out some of our chapter houses, and learn more about what our organizations are like!

**Please note that the following chapters will not be participating due to temporary suspension: Delta Chi, Phi Kappa Theta and Pi Kappa Alpha 

Conduct Update: Zeta Tau Alpha

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Update 10/5/17: On October 4, 2017 a disciplinary conference was held to adjudicate the
charges below:

Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation)
Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.

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.)

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
A large party was underway LUPD and BPD arrived. The resident of the house was charged with
furnishing alcohol and 50+ students were cited for underage drinking.

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 Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation) --
Responsible
2. Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) -- Responsible
3. Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) --
Not Responsible

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority is placed on disciplinary probation effective October 4, 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 following educational sanction is being imposed. The chapter is required to host a conversation with no less than six other greek letter organizations (IFC, NPC, CGC) that results in a system wide proposal to make three changes to the social scene that will make off campus events safer, more manageable, and more risk adverse. You are to seek assistance from OFSA and other campus offices. You are to report back to my office by the listed due date. It is to be completed by October 31, 2017.

The Hearing Officer gave the following rationale the decision:
Rationale for Finding: Zeta Tau Alpha co-hosted an event with Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. They planned the event, registered the event with the international headquarters, and informed their members of the event. This event did not include any management of alcohol on the part of either of the co-sponsoring organizations. While more of the culpability for managing the alcohol fell on Phi Kappa Theta, there is a preponderance of evidence that Zeta Tau Alpha was knowingly in the presence of violations and co-sponsored an event where alcohol was distributed in an unauthorized manner to those under 21 years of age. I wanted to also note that the chapter was well prepared and did an excellent job representing themselves in this process.

Rationale for Sanctions:
The chapter co-hosted an event where alcohol was provided to students under the age of 21, so a short period of probation is necessary. I also believe that the chapter can be a change agent in the Greek Community so the educational sanction imposed can be a catalyst for that change.

A Disciplinary Conference will be held to resolve the below charges

HEARING:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:30pm

The charges that will be adjudicated are:

CHARGES:
Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation)
Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.

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.)

INCIDENT DATE: September 2, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY::
A large party was underway LUPD and BPD arrived. The resident of the house was charged with
furnishing alcohol and 50+ students were cited for underage drinking.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Conduct Update: Alpha Chi Omega

Update 10/11/17: 
On October 10, 2017 a disciplinary conference was held to adjudicate the charges below:

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Respect for Community (General) As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.

Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation) Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.

INCIDENT SUMMARY: Alpha Chi Omega co hosted an unregistered event with alcohol and did not utilize the medical amnesty policy when they knew that a freshmen student needed help

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 A1 -- Not Responsible
2. Respect for Community (General) -- Responsible
3. Respect for Community L1 -- Not Responsible

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

This letter should serve as a warning to Alpha Chi Omega Sorority that any future violations of the University Code of Conduct may result in more severe sanctions.

The members of the Alpha Chi Omega Chapter are to read the article "Death at a Penn State Fraternity", with a particular focus on where bystander intervention failed in this case. The chapter will then sponsor a discussion at the chapter house inviting Dean Mulvihill to attend and discuss the article. It is to be completed by October 31, 2017.

The Hearing Officer gave the following rationale the decision: Rationale for Finding:
There was insufficient evidence to hold Alpha Chi Omega responsible for co-hosting this event and therefore the risk management issues fall on the hosting organization. However Alpha Chi Omega is a member of our community with many exclusive privileges and a broad training background on issues related to risk management and bystander intervention. Because of this, your members should have called for help for a student clearly in need of assistance.

Rationale for Sanctions:
Alpha Chi Omega members took some steps to get the person who needed help assistance. If they had taken the next step and called for help, none of the disciplinary issues would have happened.

The chapter retains the right to appeal the decision.

Update 10/3/17: A Disciplinary Conference will be held to resolve the below charges at the following time, date and location:

HEARING:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 4pm

The charges that will be adjudicated are:

CHARGES:
Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Respect for Community (General)
As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.

Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation)
Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.

INCIDENT DATE: September 15, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
Alpha Chi Omega co hosted an unregistered event with alcohol and did not utilize the medical amnesty policy when they knew that a freshmen student needed help.

BASIS OF CHARGE:
Information provided by LUPD and Holly Taylor


Update 9/27/17: Alpha Chi Omega has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an
incident on September 15, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
Members of Alpha Chi Omega attended a pregame party at Pi Kappa Alpha in which they knew underage drinking was occurring and took no responsibility for risk management.

Respect for Community (General)
As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical
representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the
faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.
At least two members of Alpha Chi Omega knew that a student needed medical attention for alcohol consumption but did not call for help. The medical amnesty policy states that student organizations are required to call for help.

Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation)
Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.
Due to the lack of risk management, the members of Alpha Chi Omega likely knew that underage drinking was occurring at the pregame at Pi Kappa Alpha and did not report this to members of Pike or others, and did not remove themselves from the situation.


The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on September 15, 2017 in which actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

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. Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha

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Update 10/10/2017: 
The University Committee on Discipline met on October 9, 2017 to adjudicate the case in which Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity 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 L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation) Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.

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 (General) As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.

INCIDENT SUMMARY: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity hosted an event that led to two students being hospitalized. 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 -- Not Responsible
2. Respect for Community L1 -- Responsible
3. Respect for Community I1B -- Responsible
4. Respect for Community (General) -- Responsible

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

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective October 9, 2017 through December 20, 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 following educational sanction is being imposed. The chapter is required to meet with Dean Mulvihill to audit risk management policy no later November 1, 2017 and present the policy to all members no later than November 18, 2017.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. The chapter is required to meet with Holly Taylor to review the role of their standards board in your chapter. It is to be completed by November 1, 2017.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. The chapter is required to prepare a presentation for other chapters on the nuances of the social policy – to be completed and approved by OFSA no later than November 1, 2017, and must presented to all members of your chapter and at an IFC meeting no later than November 18, 2017.

The Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions:

The panel will agree that there is not clear evidence of underage drinking. However, the chapters own witnesses admitted to drinking games and the chapter’s assertion that they were not aware that drinking games violated policy is no excuse. Furthermore, the chapter is therefore also responsible for failure to report the code violation. Finally the chapter pled responsible for Respect for Community General and this is confirmed by the panel as a result of the evidence presented.

Rationale for Sanctions: The panel believes that chapter has the ability to turn things around and had they enforced their risk management policy and called for assistance this hearing would have not been necessary. The panel believes the sanctions imposed will help the chapter make better choices going forward and can serve as a catalyst to help other chapters on campus.

The chapter retains its right to appeal the decision. 

 
Update 10/3/17:  The University Committee on Discipline will meet to resolve the below charges against your organization Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the following time, date and location:

HEARING:
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 4pm

The charges that will be adjudicated are:

CHARGES:
Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) - September 15, 2017
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation) - September 15,
2017
Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.


Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol)
- September 15, 2017
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 (General) - September 15, 2017
As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical
representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the
faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.


INCIDENT DATES:  September 15, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity hosted an event with alcohol and did not seek help for a student that needed medical attention.

BASIS OF CHARGE:
Information provided by Holly Taylor


Update 9/27/17: Pi Kappa Alpha has been charged with violating the code of conduct related to incidents on September 7, 2017 and September 15, 2017.

The allegations are listed below:
Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)
The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.
Pike reported that on the incident on September 15, 2017 they had cans of beer at the house and invited underage students but did not monitor the alcohol.

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.
During the incident on September 15, 2017 Pike invited multiple underage students to their pregame
party and did not monitor the 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.)
Pike reported that on the incident on September 15, 2017 they had cans of beer at the house and invited underage students but did not monitor the alcohol.

Respect for Community (General)
As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical
representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the
faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.
At least 1 member of Pike knew that a student who showed up at the party on September 15, 2017 needed medical assistance due to alcohol consumption but did not call for help. The medical amnesty policy states that student organizations are required to call for help.

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).
On September 15, 2017 Pike hosted a pregame with alcohol that was not registered.

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).
On September 7, 2017 Pike hosted a Thursday Night Football with alcohol that was not registered.

Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report / Being in the Presence of a violation)
Failure to report and/or knowingly being in the presence of violations of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct or other University Policies.
On September 15, 2017 the members of Pike hosted an event with alcohol and likely knew that underage drinking was occurring due to the fact that they were not monitoring the alcohol.


On September 18, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was placed on
temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into an investigation related to two
students being hospitalized after claiming to have been at a Pi Kappa Alpha event.

As of the issuance of this letter (9/27/17), the suspension of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is lifted and the chapter can resume operations. The following restrictions are placed on the organization pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing: no social events on or off campus. The chapter should contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs immediately to discuss resuming operations.



TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

As of the issuance of this letter on September 18, 2017, the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa
Alpha Fraternity is placed on temporary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into The
fraternity hosted a party on campus which resulted in the hospitalization of two students for high levels of intoxication. This in addition to previous incidents still under investigation lead to this suspension.

Effective immediately the Lehigh University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity 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 “Pi Kappa Alpha Event”.

This action is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct & 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.