Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Conduct Update: Chi Phi


The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on April 30, 2019 in
which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. 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.
2. The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Award Recipients!


We celebrated the following award recipients at the annual Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Awards dinner on Tuesday April 30, 2019.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Advisor of the Year
Carolina Hernandez, Zeta Tau Alpha

Emerging Leader of the Year
Alessandra Sanfratello, Zeta Tau Alpha

Greek Leader of the Year
Jeff Dicker, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Outstanding President of the Year
Rachel Lambert, Kappa Alpha Theta

Traditional of Excellence 
Isabel Standbridge, Zeta Tau Alpha
Inclusive Leadership

Kate Reiss, Zeta Tau Alpha
Inspiring Change

Maddie Braman, Gamma Phi Beta
Empowering Others

Kate Morell, Zeta Tau Alpha
Living The Ritual


ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS

Outstanding Philanthropic Effort
Zeta Tau Alpha

Commitment to Service
Alpha Gamma Delta

Program of Distinction
Zeta Tau Alpha
Chemotherapy Care Package Program

Most Improved Chapter 
Sigma Phi Epsilon

Tradition of Excellence
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc.
Inspiring Change

Zeta Tau Alpha
Empowering Others

Greek Allies
Inclusive Leadership

Pi Beta Phi
Living the Ritual

Staffing Announcement: Andrew Dorriere


We are excited to share that Andrew Dorriere has accepted our offer to come to Lehigh University as an Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs!

Andrew will join us from Ball State University where he is completing his Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration (anticipated May 2019).  Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Northern Kentucky University. As a graduate student, he has worked extensively with the North American Interfraternity Conference and National Pan-Hellenic Council. In addition, Andrew spent time as a practicum student working at the Zeta Tau Alpha International Headquarters. Andrew is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Those who interviewed Andrew provided overwhelmingly positive feedback when evaluating his candidacy. They said the following:

Andrew is very personable, easy to talk to, and exemplified professionalism. It is evident he has had to have challenging conversations with students surrounding high risk behaviors.

I appreciated that Andrew talked about how to hold student organizations accountable while building relationships/trust with individual students and groups, as well as providing boundaries. He also spoke about Greek Life as a community vs. a system. He talked about strengthening chapters by helping chapters with their executive board transitions. He also has a ton of experience with educational programs (hazing, sexual assault education, etc.) I think that Andrew would be a great fit to the DOS team and would be able to support our Greek students.

He seems to understand the challenges facing our campus today and seems willing to do what he can to make effective changes on our campus.

Andrew will join us on July 15, 2019.

Staffing Announcement: Devore McIntosh

We are excited to share that Devore McIntosh has accepted our offer to join Lehigh’s Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Team as an Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs!

Devore will join us from Wilberforce University, where he served as the Associate Dean of Campus Life for the past two years. In this role, Devore worked to oversee the operation of the Student Life Office, as well as assisted in the operation of the Residential Life Department. Devore completed his Bachelor of Arts in History and Africana Studies and Master of Arts in Africana Studies degrees from the University of Albany, State University of New York. While at SUNY Albany, Devore became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Those who interviewed Devore provided overwhelmingly positive feedback when evaluating his candidacy.  They said the following:

Devore has a ton of great experiences that would help him be successful in this position. He understands Greek Life from the perspectives of student and staff member. I appreciated that he spoke about building relationships with students and advocating for chapters while also understanding his role as a university staff member. He has experience advising chapters and councils, he has experience with crisis management, building/housing management, and organizational conduct.   

[Devore was] Really open and honest. Had a genuine care for Greek life and a passion for seeing people succeed which is very important in an advisor.  

He was super honest with us about his college experience and what he expects out of us as students.

Devore will join us on July 22.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Conduct Update: Chi Phi

Update 5/15: In accordance with Article X, Part. IV,G, of the Lehigh University Code of Conduct, members of the University Committee on Discipline met on May 14, 2019 to impose sanctions a in case. You took responsibility for the below charges and asked that a "sanctions only hearing" be held to impose sanctions in this case.

Charges:
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 I1E (Noise)
Violation of noise policies.

Incident Summary
LUPD responded to a noise complaint. LUPD heard screaming coming from the back porch and observed about 30 students running from the area after seeing officers approaching. The back porch area was cluttered with beer cans and trash.

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) were imposed by the panel

Sanctions:
The organization is placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution from May 14, 2019 through May 31, 2020. 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.

Chi Phi Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective June 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 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 organization will be alcohol free effective May 14, 2019 through December 31, 2019. 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.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. The chapter is required to have a meeting with
Holly Taylor and LUPD to discuss conduct from this past year, and how to address LUPD or other law enforcement when they approach events on or off campus. It is to be completed by October 1, 2019. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. In conjunction with your OFSA AD and your
alumni group, create assessment plans for each of the items in your recruitment plan as well as the
statement that was made at the hearing. Ex: how successful is your chapter with dry facility, recruitment, accountability/standards board and how do you know you've been successful? Reflection should be included as informal assessment with oversight by the executive board. Someone from the chapter is required to meet with Holly Taylor and your OFSA AD by October 1, 2019 to check in regarding this assessment plan. The overall plan is due on December 13, 2019. It is to be completed by December 13, 2019. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Must have Intervene training with Holly Taylor. 85% of your chapter must attend. It is to be completed by November 1, 2019. For further information please contact Holly A. Taylor.

Rationale:
The panel appreciates that the chapter pled responsible. We believe that this new executive board is
highly motivated to make some positive systemic changes. The panel is concerned that the documents
presented today are very reactive in nature and do not address specific issues but again we believe that this chapter is prepared to make changes. While the Greek community has had a rough year overall, your chapter specifically has spent entirely too much time dealing with conduct charges and not enough time thinking ahead to the future and implementing changes. While this hearing is a good example of your members representing your chapter well, it's imperative that Chi Phi understand that any violations during the 2019-2020 academic year will most likely result in dissolution.

Initial Post: As discussed at our meeting, you have been charged with violating the code of conduct related to an incident on March 28, 2019.

The allegations are listed below:
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.)

Specifically, the members of the chapter had a table set up for drinking games and all the students
involved (between 20-30 students in total) fled the porch when LUPD arrived making it highly unlikely that all of these students involved were over 21.

Respect for Community I1E (Noise)
Violation of noise policies.

Specifically, LUPD was called to the Chi Phi house due to a noise complaint.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Feature Friday: Alternative Spring Break, Phi Kappa Theta


"During Spring Break this spring semester, four brothers from Phi Kappa Theta took part in
our annual service trip to Santo Domingo. Each day at 8:30 a.m., we traveled 30 minutes through
the city to the Hogar Escuela Armando Rosenberg, a school and orphanage supporting children
from kindergarten to high school. Here, we would help the head groundskeeper, Antonio, with
any tasks that he needed to accomplish. This year, we spent our week deconstructing,
reconstructing, and painting a playground for the children. In addition to revamping the
playground set, one of our brothers, Nick Colucci spent the week painting a mural of the movie
Cars in the children’s bedroom. On the final day, we played the high schoolers in a pickup
basketball game with around one hundred kids watching and cheering.

This experience was very eye-opening, as it allowed us to recognize the privilege in our lives as
college students in the United States. All of the interactions we had with the children and staff at
the orphanage were beneficial for everyone, as the children were very excited to see Americans.
We hope that those we had the privilege of interacting with had as positive of an experience as
we did. Although we take great pride in the impact that four college students were able to have in
the matter of one week, the orphanage needs more support. We are incredibly fortunate to be
given the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to have a week-long experience like
this. Hopefully, this trip is only the beginning of a lifetime of service that we, as a whole Lehigh
Community, can have on communities in need."
 - Ryan Polizzi, Nick Colucci, Andrew Park, Steven Badillo




Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Conduct Update: Phi Kappa Theta


Update 4/22: As you know, you were involved in an incident on March 30, 2019, in which you were accused of violating the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting with Holly A. Taylor you were informed that no action was being taken on this matter and that the incident was being closed.

After investigation it became clear that the individuals involved in the initial event were not acting on
behalf of or with support from the chapter. Additionally, both the individuals involved as well as the
chapter have taken multiple measures to restore any harm that was done to the community.

Initial Post: The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on March 30, 2019 in which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. Lehigh University expects that all students will act in a civil manner that reflects maturity, social
responsibility, and respect towards others and the Lehigh Community.
2. The unauthorized or illegal use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug.