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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A Disciplinary Conference will be held to resolve the below charges

HEARING:
Wednesday, September 27, 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


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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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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Conduct Update: Kappa Delta

Update 9/18: As you know, you were involved in an incident on September 9, 2017, in which you were accused of violating the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting,  you were
informed that no action was being taken on this matter and that the incident was being closed.

Since the student was drinking in her room and not at a Kappa Delta event, the chapter is not responsible for any violations of the Code.

The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on September 9, 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. Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.
3. 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.)

Feature Friday: Evan Chansky, Theta Chi










Check out our first student Feature Friday of the fall semester...Evan Chansky from Theta Chi!  Thanks Evan for sharing your experience!

Being an Orientation Leader was easily the most exciting, rewarding, and impactful thing I have done here at Lehigh. I learned more about myself, leadership skills, and intrapersonal relations than ever before, and I am so excited to bring all of that back to both Theta Chi and the entire Greek community.

Not only that, I made 80 amazing, unique, fun friends – some of who I might not have interacted with normally. The OLs are not only the coolest, funniest, and silliest people I have ever met, they are perhaps one of the most representative groups of Lehigh’s campus. Out of about 80 OLs, at least 10 of the Greek chapters were represented, as well as pretty much every club and organization on campus. 

Being an OL was a great way to escape the sometimes-restrictive Greek bubble, and it was refreshing to start off the school year with a group of such varied people. I think often by the end of the academic year we become so rooted in our own microcosms of Lehigh. Starting off the year not only with this representative group of Lehigh students but the first-years as well set the tone for re-imagining the Lehigh culture in a more positive light. All the OLs looked to see the bigger picture of the Lehigh community while drawing from their own personal experiences. As for the first years, they enter Lehigh with a genuine excitement for everything and their own idea of Lehigh culture. All in all we have way more in common than different and it was amazing to see everyone working together to give the first-years the best experience possible.

I am so excited to start off this year with a fresh energy and perspective on our Lehigh community, and I can’t wait to keep building my friendships with people both in and out of the Greek community that I made from this amazing week.   

Definitely apply to be an OL when applications come out in the winter!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Conduct Update: Theta Xi


Update 9/22: On September 22, 2017 a disciplinary conference was held to adjudicate the charges below:

Respect for the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

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

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
LUPD reported a party, in which there were kegs around with no bartender.

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 the Law 1 -- Not Responsible
2. Respect for Community (General) -- Responsible
3. Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) -- Not
Responsible

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
Theta Xi Fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation effective September 22, 2017 through December 31, 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.

With respect to the information listed above, the following additional sanctions/stipulations apply:
The chapter is to continue working with OFSA and internally on solidifying their risk management
policies

The Hearing Officer gave the following rationale the decision:
Rationale for Finding:
The organization admitted to hosting an event in which there was a significant number of people and
noise. However no citations were issued and there was sufficient evidence to indicate that the chapter was attempting to manage alcohol and risk at this event.

Rationale for Sanctions:
This event occurred the first weekend back for the semester and it appears as if the chapter was
attempting to manage risk with new policies in place. There does not appear to be a meaningful reason to increase the length of probation in this case.

A Disciplinary Conference will be held to resolve the below charges:

The charges that will be adjudicated are:
CHARGES:

Respect for the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

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

INCIDENT DATE: August 26, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY: LUPD reported a party: kegs around with no bartender.

Off Campus Conduct Updates

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See below for conducts updates regarding off campus behavior that resulted in organizational sanctions.  Please remember that students living off campus are in residential neighborhoods and should behave accordingly such as cleaning up trash and keeping social events at a reasonable volume, especially on weeknights.  Many of the folks living on the southside have been in their homes for years.  Let's respect our Bethlehem neighbors and be good community citizens!



Pi Kappa Alpha

On August 27, 2017, your behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
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 the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
The student was hosting a large party. He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Community (General) and Respect for the Law 1

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
This letter will serve as a Disciplinary Warning that any future violations of the University Code of
Conduct may result in more severe sanctions.


Phi Sigma Kappa

On August 25, 2017, your behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
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 the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
LUPD addressed a party at this location.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Community (General) and Respect for the Law 1

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
This letter will serve as a Disciplinary Warning that any future violations of the University Code of
Conduct may result in more severe sanctions.


Sigma Phi Epsilon

On August 26, 2017,  your behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
Respect for the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

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:
LUPD reported a large party at this residence.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped:

Respect for the Law 1 and Respect for Community (General)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
This letter will serve as a Disciplinary Warning that any future violations of the University Code of
Conduct may result in more severe sanctions.

Sigma Chi  

On August 26, 2017 your behavior violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. During your meeting you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
Respect for the Law 1
Lehigh University expects that its student members will act in accordance with all applicable federal,
state, or local laws.

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

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
LUPD reported a party: kegs around and no bartenders.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped:

Respect for the Law 1, Respect for Community (General) and Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized
Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
This letter will serve as a Disciplinary Warning that any future violations of the University Code of
Conduct may result in more severe sanctions.

The following educational sanction is being imposed. Sigma Chi must report the following to Holly
Taylor prior to hosting an off campus event: the address and home owner/renter responsible for the event, as well as the member(s) who will be sober monitors, bartenders, front door monitors, back door monitors, and sober drivers.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Conduct Update: Alpha Gamma Delta


The chapter was involved in an incident on August 31, 2017, in which behavior violated the Lehigh
University Code of Conduct. During your meeting you were informed that you were charged with the following violations:

CHARGES:
Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others)
Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

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

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
A member of Phi Kappa Theta sent out a text message inviting students to a party and encouraging them to drink alcohol until they pass out. This event was co-hosted with Alpha Gamma Delta.

You took responsibility for the following charges, any other listed charges were dropped
Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others), Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a -Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) and Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession)

As a result of this behavior the following sanction(s) will be imposed:
Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority is placed on disciplinary probation effective September 8, 2017 through
December 31, 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: Alpha Gamma Delta will host/facilitate a
conversation with other sororities to discuss their responsibilities related to risk management when co-hosting events off campus.