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Student Organization Case Status Summaries

Please see below for a summary of violations of University Standards of Conduct by Student Organizations over the last five years.

The Office of Student Conduct works with the Center for Student Involvement and other campus partners on violations of University Standards of Conduct by Student Organizations. Together we maintain a list of the relevant cases addressed within the last five years. We provide this information because we believe students and other student organizations should be able to make informed choices when pursuing ways to get involved on campus.

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Reporting Information and Options

Reporting Information

Any member of the campus, including those directly affiliated with an organization, may report an organization or its members for alleged violations of the University Standards of Conduct. Examples include hazing, battery/assault, health & safety, alcohol, discrimination & harassment, and sexual misconduct. UCSD may extend jurisdiction off-campus for misconduct that has occurred.

The university takes allegations seriously and will review all reports for appropriate next steps. In determining the best next steps, the University will weigh the wishes of the reporting or affected parties along with the seriousness of the alleged violations and the health and safety of the campus community. Individuals are encouraged to provide as much information as possible. While anonymous reports, or reports with limited information will be reviewed, the University may be limited in its ability to respond as these reports may not contain sufficient detail to enable the University to engage in a resolution process.

When reporting an incident:

  • Indicate who was involved, what happened, and when and where it occurred.
  • Supply as much detail as possible.
  • Provide your name, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Provide the contact information of any witnesses.
  • You may file an anonymous report, but you should know that such a report can make an investigation more difficult and sometimes unsuccessful.

Non-Confidential Reporting Options:

The following resources are available to individuals looking to file a report of an incident or discuss reporting options with a University Official.

Office of Student Conduct. Receives, processes and resolves student conduct complaints, including hazing, alcohol, controlled substances, health & safety, and other University Standards of Conduct. 858-534-6225 | Non-Academic Misconduct Report Form.

 

Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). Receives reports of allegations of discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking and conducts the administrative fact-finding investigation and non-investigation processes. 858-534-8298

 

UC San Diego Police Department. Conducts patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, and responds to emergencies and related law enforcement duties for the UC San Diego Community. 858-534-4357 (non-emergency)  |  9-1-1 (emergency)

Confidential Resources:

The following resources are available to individuals looking for confidential guidance and advising on their options and resources.
CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource CenterConfidential & free advocacy, accompaniment, and crisis intervention services to UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty who are victims/survivors. 838-534-5793 | care.ucsd.edu

 

Office of the OmbudsConfidential, neutral and informal dispute resolution services for faculty, staff, students, non-Senate academics, postdoctoral trainees and employees of the UC San Diego Health System.

858-534-0777 | http://www.ombuds.ucsd.edu

Student Legal ServicesConfidential, services and advice to registered UC San Diego students and referrals to private attorneys.858-534-4374 | https://students.ucsd.edu/sponsor/student-legal/

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What happens after a report is submitted?

The report is routed to the appropriate office for review, and you may be contacted with questions. If the report alleges student conduct violations, the Student Conduct process (PDF) may begin. If the report alleges Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment or discrimination violations, the procedures for investigating and adjudicating such violations may begin.

Q: What does being a “reporting party” mean?

Reporting party means the individual who filed the initial report. If the University has additional questions concerning the report, the Reporting Party may be asked to meet, answer additional questions, or provide additional information.

Q: What does being a witness involve?

Being a witness involves providing information related to the incident report. This could be via email or meetings with University staff.

Q: What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), is a federal law that safeguards students’ educational records. With few exceptions, only University employees with a legitimate educational right to know may access a student's conduct records. Students are entitled to their own records, and victims of physical violence may request information about the outcomes of a case in which they were subject to physical violence.

Q: Can I make a report to OPHD anonymously?

You can make a report anonymously on OPHD’s website at ophd.ucsd.edu. Please note that OPHD may be limited in the action that can be taken when a complaint is submitted anonymously.

Q: I filed a report to OPHD for a friend who was a victim of sexual misconduct. Why haven’t I received any updates?

Under UC policies, case specific information, including outcomes and status updates, are only provided to the direct parties for the report (“Complainant” and “Respondent” as defined under the SVSH Policy). Therefore, other individuals may submit a complaint on someone’s behalf but will likely not receive updates beyond confirmation of receipt and/or requests for additional information.

Additional Resources:

  • Center for Student Involvement: hazing@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-0501
    • Sorority & Fraternity Life
    • Registered Student Organizations
  • Sports Clubs: Your sports advisor or (858) 534-8085.
  • Intercollegiate athletics: Your sports supervisor or (858) 534-4211.

Interfraternity Council

Phi Gamma Delta

Closed cases:

  • The Center of Student Involvement and Office of Student Conduct received a report in November of 2019 that alleged that Phi Gamma Delta had engaged in activities violating the UC San Diego Standards of Conduct. The report includes allegations of hazing, underage possession and use of alcohol, and conduct threatening the health and safety of students. However, after reviewing the report(s) and supporting documentation, it was determined there was not reasonable cause to support the organization may have violated the Standards of Conduct. The organization’s principle members met with Sorority & Fraternity Life Advisor, Chloe Leal, and the organization was issued a Notice of Informal Warning for the allegation of Hazing.

The Notice of Informal Warning is educational in nature and designed to increase awareness of applicable University policies. Future reports of alleged Standards of Conduct violations may be resolved through an Administrative Resolution meeting and Notices of Informal Warning may be taken into consideration when determining any applicable sanction(s).

Sigma Chi

Open cases:

  • On May 30, 2019, it was reported to the University that Sigma Chi had engaged in ongoing conduct since Winter Quarter 2018 through Fall Quarter 2019 at various locations on and off campus involving conduct that compromised the health and well-being of others at Sigma Chi events. Specifically, the report alleged that there was a failure to adequately address health and safety issues, alcohol was provided to minors, attendees needed medical attention, sexually explicit material was distributed to members, and violations of the social host ordinance occurred. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of: Alcohol, Violations of federal, state or local law, and Conduct threatening the health or safety of any person. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward and include: 1)De-Registration through June 30, 2022 with new member recruitment allowed to begin again in Winter Quarter 2023, 2)Probation for two years following their period of de-registration, during which the organization may not host events with alcohol,  3)Completion of sexual misconduct/consent training by all members with Sigma Chi Nationals, 4)Completion of the Practical Decision Making Workshop by principal members, 5)After the reinstatement of the first quarter of new member recruitment, all members must complete all educational sanctions required by nationals, 6)Upon re-registration all principal members must review National's risk management policies on events, alcohol, sexual assault prevention, and health and safety; Develop their organization's risk management plan specifically addressing these issues, email this plan to all new members, and present it at chapter meeting with all members active and new, 7)Host an educational workshop led by the principal members for all chapter members in Winter 2023 and Fall 2024 on personal liability and host liability regarding events, alcohol, bystander intervention, and Medical Amnesty Program (MAP), 8) Upon re-registration all members active and new, must participate in Greek 101 training (Now SFL 101: New Member Education Workshop), 9) Upon re-registration, the principal members are required to meet with their Sorority and Fraternity Life Advisor twice quarterly to provide a progress report on chapter activities, organizational plans and any challenges that may arise through Fall 2024, and 10) Completion of the Campus Alcohol Risk Reduction Seminar (CARRS) by current principal members.

If further issues of conduct that threatens the health and safety of others or other conduct violations occur prior to reinstatement or during the 4 years following re-instatement, the organization's sanctions will include a minimum de-registration for a period of no fewer than 4 additional years up to and including possible permanent revocation of student organization status.

Multicultural Greek Council

alpha Kappa Delta Phi

Closed cases:

  • In March of 2018, it was reported to the Office of Student Conduct that alpha Kappa Delta Phi had violated the terms of their sanctions from a previous incident in 2015 by recruiting new members in Fall and Winter of 2016, and subsequently falsifying new member paperwork submitted to the Center for Student Involvement and to the National Organization. No principal members were available to address this incident.

alpha Kappa Delta Phi began a reorganization under the oversight of Nationals and the Center for Student Involvement in Fall Quarter of 2019.


Lambda Phi Epsilon

 

Closed cases:

  • The Center for Student Involvement received a report January 1, 2021 alleging that Lambda Phi Epsilon may have engaged in activities violating the UC San Diego Standards of Conduct. The report includes allegations of hazing, underage possession and use of alcohol, and conduct threatening the health and safety of students. The University issued a Cease and Desist order on January 5, 2021 prohibiting all chapter-related activities while it reviews and attempts to resolve these allegations. While the cease and desist is in place, the chapter and its members may not participate in any chapter programming including but not limited to, meetings, recruitment of any form, social events, brotherhood events, alumni events, philanthropy events, or any other activity that may be a chapter gathering or operation, including virtually.

After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, Lambda Phi Epsilon accepted responsibility for violating the Student Conduct Procedures concerning Physical Abuse/Threats/Health and Safety, Hazing, Controlled Substances, and Alcohol. Executive Director Trask determined the appropriate sanctions, including Permanent De-Registration from Registered Student Organization status, effective April 2022. This includes loss of all associated rights and privileges of Registered Student Organization status on a permanent basis, including but not limited to: ability to access University funding, ability to reserve spaces, and other resources. Lambda Phi Epsilon will not be eligible for any future registration as a Registered Student Organization at UC San Diego.

 

  • On August 28, 2017, it was reported that Lambda Phi Epsilon was involved in an incident at an off-campus residence where repeat alcohol parties with minors, excessive noise and physical violence occurred. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of Disorderly and Lewd Conduct, Violations of federal, state or local law, and Conduct threatening the health or safety of any person. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward, and include: 1) Completion of CARRS, 2) Complete a review of the national organization's risk management policies, especially those regarding alcohol, and FIPG Guidelines, and use them to develop this chapter's risk management and alcohol plan, 3) Host an educational workshop for all chapter and new members regarding personal liability and host liability for events with alcohol, bystander intervention strategies and information regarding the Medical Amnesty Program, 4) Host an information workshop for all chapter and new members regarding noise ordinances and the CAPP program, and 5) Develop a service project that gives back to the affected neighborhood.
Lambda Phi Epsilon has completed all of their assigned sanctions in the above case.

Sigma Alpha Zeta

Open cases:

  • On October 16, 2019, the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) received a report that Sigma Alpha Zeta (SAZ) previously engaged in recruitment, intake and new member education activities involving hazing and conduct threatening thee health and safety of its members. OSC investigated the matter and found reasonable cause that the organization may have violated the University’s Standards of Conduct. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement (CSI), Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for both allegations. Accordingly, sanctions were assigned and include: 1) Probation for 1 year, or suspension for 1 year should further violations occur; 2) Exclusion from recruitment, intake, and new member education activities until winter quarter 2022; 3) Review new member education plan for all new member activities in Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 with CSI and SAZ’s National Office, prior to their implementation; 4) All chapter members must complete an educational workshop on hazing and bystander intervention training; 5) SAZ’s chapter president, new member educator/outreach, and recruitment chair must meet with a CSI advisor monthly to track progress, ensure sanction completion and discuss various topics (e.g. health and safety, recruitment, new member retention, values, and reframing member accountability); 6) Chapter members must complete a 2-3 page reflection paper on what they've learned personally and organizationally regarding the health and safety of chapter members and changes to their new member education/intake process.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

There are no cases to report for National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.

Other Registered Student Organizations

Ballers for the Blind

Closed cases:

  • On May 28, 2016, the Ballers for the Blind organization was reported for conduct involving fundraising inconsistent with business expectations of the University, and in a dishonest manner. The organization failed to meet with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask. In accordance with procedures, she determined responsibility and assigned sanctions without the benefit of their input using the information available to her. Accordingly, she found Ballers for the Blind responsible for violating Other University Policies and Non-Academic Dishonesty. She assigned appropriate sanctions, including: 1) Completion of the PDMAR Workshop, 2) Incorporation of cash handling and event implementation procedures into the organization's constitution, and 3) A meeting with the principal members and the CSI Advisor prior to every event to discuss appropriate event procedures.

As of the 2019-20 academic year, Ballers for the Blind has not completed their sanctions nor re-registered as a Student Organization. Their case has been suspended pending their re-registration.

Circle K International

Closed cases:

  • On July 25, 2020, the Office of Student Conduct received information alleging that members of Circle K International sold, consumed and purchased drugs from each other. Additionally, that the organization hosted parties off-campus involving alcohol and drugs. Typically incidents of this nature are resolved through an Administrative Resolution meeting. However, after reviewing the report(s) and supporting documentation, it was determined there was not reasonable cause to support the organization may have violated the Standards of Conduct. Accordingly, the organization’s Principal Members met with Interim Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Liora Kian-Gutierrez and Community Service Program Manager and Student Organizations Advisor, Andy Hoffman, and the organization was issued a Notice of Informal Warning for the allegations of Controlled Substances and Health and Safety.

The Notice of Informal Warning is educational in nature and designed to increase awareness of applicable University policies. Future reports of alleged Standards of Conduct violations may be resolved through an Administrative Resolution meeting and Notices of Informal Warning may be taken into consideration when determining any applicable sanction(s).

Delta Epsilon Mu

Closed Cases:

  • On January 11, 2019, Delta Epsilon Mu was reported for Hazing and Underage Drinking at a new member event party. After meeting with the Interim Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Liora Kian-Gutierrez, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of Hazing, Alcohol, and Health & Safety. Accordingly, they were assigned Sanctions. Those sanctions include: 1) Probation until March 2020, 2) Review new member education plan with CSI Advisor and provide full membership roster, 3) Completion of CARRS by all chapter members, 4) Host an educational workshop for all chapter members on personal liability and host liability for events involving alcohol and hazing, in collaboration with Student Legal Services, 5) Host an educational workshop for all chapter members on bystander intervention with CARE at SARC, and 6) Completion of a Reflection Paper by all principal members discussing what they have learned about maintaining the health and safety of chapter members. 

Delta Epsilon Mu has completed all of their assigned sanctions in the above case.

Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)

Closed Cases:

  • On January 28, 2020, it was reported to the University that Eta Kappa Nu and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) had engaged in conduct that, if true, violated the Student Conduct Policy with respect to Non-Academic Dishonesty and Forgery/ Alteration/ Misuse. Specifically, the report alleged that Eta Kappa Nu used its student organization status to make a reservation on behalf of another organization, IEEE. The reservation was for space through University Centers. That reservation confirmation was altered to appear as if it belonged to IEEE, and was submitted to Associated Students as part of a funding application by IEEE. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for both allegations. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward and include: 1) Exclusion from University Center Reservations for 18 months or until September 2021, 2) Loss of A.S. Funding privileges effective between any current or pending applications/events, and through June 30, 2020, 3) Completion of the Practical Decision Making Workshop, 4) Completion of one Letter of Apology to University Centers, and one letter to Associated Students, as an organization, AND 5) If additional conduct policy violations occur during the 2 years following this issue, the organization's sanctions may include a minimum de-registration for a period of 1 or more years or revocation of University Centers space reservations privileges for up to 4 years.
HKN has completed all of their assigned, educational sanctions in the above case. HKN is excluded from University Center reservations through September 10, 2021. if additional violations occur within 2 years of this incident, or March 10, 2022, the organization's sanctions may include a minimum de-registration for a period of 1 or more years or revocation of University Centers space reservations privileges for up to 4 years.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Closed Cases:

  • On January 28, 2020, it was reported to the University that Eta Kappa Nu and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) had engaged in conduct that, if true, violated the Student Conduct Policy with respect to Non-Academic Dishonesty and Forgery/ Alteration/ Misuse. Specifically, the report alleged that Eta Kappa Nu used its student organization status to make a reservation on behalf of another organization, IEEE. The reservation was for space through University Centers. That reservation confirmation was altered to appear as if it belonged to IEEE, and was submitted to Associated Students as part of a funding application by IEEE. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for both allegations. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward and include: 1) Exclusion from University Center Reservations for 18 months or until September 2021, 2) Loss of A.S. Funding privileges effective between any current or pending applications/events, and through June 30, 2020, 3) Completion of the Practical Decision Making Workshop, 4) Completion of one Letter of Apology to University Centers, and one letter to Associated Students, as an organization, AND 5) If additional conduct procedures violations occur during the 2 years following this issue, the organization's sanctions may include a minimum de-registration for a period of 1 or more years or revocation of University Centers space reservations privileges for up to 4 years.

IEEE has completed all of their assigned, educational sanctions in the above case. IEEE is excluded from University Center reservations through September 10, 2021. if additional violations occur within 2 years of this incident, or March 10, 2022, the organization's sanctions may include a minimum de-registration for a period of 1 or more years or revocation of University Centers space reservations privileges for up to 4 years.

Panhellenic Council

Alpha Chi Omega

Closed cases:

  • On March 20, 2017, Alpha Chi Omega was reported for several incidents involving hospital transportation of members for over-intoxication, consumption of alcohol by members under the age of 21, and facilitating the purchase and sale of false identification cards, which put the health and safety of its members at risk. After meeting with the Director for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of Alcohol Under 21, Violations of federal, state or local law, and Health & Safety. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward, and include: 1) Complete all requirements from national organization, plus the following, 2) Probation for one year with further alcohol/hazing/illegal incidents resulting in min. 1 year suspension, 3) Exclusion from participating in Panhellenic formal recruitment  during fall quarter 2017, 4) Ban from hosting alcohol events during fall quarter 2017, 5) Completion of CARRS educational program by all chapter members, 6) Review risk management policies with national organization and CSI advisor prior to fall quarter 2017, 7) Review new member education plan with CSI advisor and national organization, 8) Host educational workshop for all chapter members covering personal liability and host liability for alcohol events, hazing, bystander intervention strategies, and the RAP (now Medical Amnesty Policy or MAP) policy, 9) Every quarter during the 2017-18 academic year, the chapter must develop and implement an educational campaign to educate the Sorority and Fraternity Life community about the RAP policy and its purpose, AND 10) Completion of a reflection paper by each chapter executive board member.

Alpha Chi Omega has completed all of their assigned sanctions in the above case.

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