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Student Organization Case Status Summaries

Please see below for a summary of Student Conduct Code Policy violations and outcomes for Student Organizations from the last five years.

The Office of Student Conduct works with the Center for Student Involvement and other campus partners on cases regarding non-academic misconduct by Student Organizations. Together we have compileled a list of conduct cases resolved in the last five years for Student Organizations' and their disciplinary status. We provide this information because we believe that students should be able to make informed choices when pursuing ways to get involved on campus.

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Interfraternity Council

Sigma Alpha Mu

On February 28, 2014, Sigma Alpha Mu was involved in an incident at a Formal which took place in Big Bear, California involving sexual assault, underage drinking, use of drugs, and drinking games. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of: Controlled Substances for Possession and Use, Alcohol for Possession and Use, and Conduct threatening the health or safety of any person. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward and include: 1)De-Registration through March 19, 2016 with registration conditional on completing their other sanctions, 2) Bystander intervention training with CARE @ SARC recommended for all members, 3)Establishment of a chapter risk management plan for off campus events consistent with FIPG Guidelines and any organization policies and procedures for the National Organization, including an accountability process to review breaches of the policy, 4)One year ban on hosting formals or semi-formals and a recommended discontinuation of all trips, formals and semi-formal events, 5) 2 quarter ban on hosting events with alcohol upon reinstatement, and 6) Completion of CARRS by each member of the organization.

Multicultural Greek Council

alpha Kappa Delta Phi

On June 1, 2015, alpha Kappa Delta Phi was involved in an incident at Blacks Beach involving hazing, which put the health and safety of its members at risk. After meeting with the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Emily Trask, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of hazing and health and safety. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward, and include: 1) a Reflection Paper written by each principal member, 2) completion of the Practical Decision Making Assessment and Reflection Workshop by all chapter members, 3) De-Registration for a period of two years minimum, or until Fall 2017 (the organization must be in good standing to re-register by Fall 2017; if further incidents occur, then de-registration will include no fewer than 4 additional years with permanent revocation of student organization status a consideration). Additionally, other sanctions were assigned and include: a four year review process by aKDPhi's Greek Advisor and national organization for pledging, a mandated e-mail to each potential new member over the next four years which includes the definitions of hazing, and completion of an in-person hazing workshop run by Student Legal Services for all members upon re-registration in Fall 2017, and each new member during all new recruitment cycles over the following four years.

On February 10, 2013, alpha Kappa Delta Phi was reported for hazing activity. After meeting with Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life, Gary Ratcliff, the organization accepted responsibility for hazing. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward, and include: 1) Prepare a document describing all of alpha Kappa Delta Phi's pledge program activites and submit for review and approval to the Greek Life Advisor prior to implementing it, 2) Ban on off campus activites from 2012-14, 3) Ban on new member activities occuring after 12am and implementation of 8-10 protected, personal hours for all pledges to sleep every night from 2012-14, 4)Notify the Multi-Cultural Greek Council of this incident and informal resolution and involve them in a discussin on hazing prevention, 5) Prior to recruiting new members, meet with the Greek Advisor to develop hazing materials and reporting methods, to be shared in a published format with pledges each term. The materials must be approved by the Greek Advisor, and 6) Probation through the end of the 2013-14 academic year (if hazing activity reoccurs during this time, a suspension minimum of two years will occur).

Lambda Phi Epsilon

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, excesive noise and physical violence occured. 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 threatenig 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.

On June 1, 2012, it was reported that Lambda Phi Epsilon was engaging in hazing activites with pledges. By virtue of these allegations, Lambda Phi Epsilon was in violation of an imposed sanction received following an incident in 2009, regarding similar activities. After meeting with the Associate Vice Chancellor - Student Life, Gary Ratcliff, the organization accepted responsibility for the charges of hazing and violation of an imposed sanction. Appropriate sanctions were assigned afterward, and include: 1) De-Registration until the 2010/11 academic year (if violations reoccur during this time,de-registration will last until 2013-14 academic year), 2) must receive written approval to re-register from the Greek Life Advisor, 3) must complete a proposal regarding a new member/ pledge program which explains the recruitment  process, opportunities, expecations of active and new members, includes a statement of purpose, and provides information on the scholarship program, community service options, leadership development, big brother program, campus involvement, chapter history, the fraternity's national office contact information, a copy of the membership contract, financial information, and the establishment and explanation of a confidential reporting system for hazing violations within the chapter which has the definition of hazing and a list of examples that constitute hazing (including those related to this incident), 4) further hazing violations will result in a de-registration period of four academic years, 5) new members must provide written acknowledgement that they received information on hazing (information should include a statement prohibiting it) in the 2010/11 academic year; and the development of a document affirming the University and state laws regarding hazing, to be signed by all chapter members indicating their understanding that if they violate this policy, their membership will be terminated, 6) Revision of the chapter constitution to include a statement prohibiting hazing, as defined by University policy and state law, 7) the inclusion of materials in recruitment literature and presentations stating that the organization does not engage in hazing activites, 8) the development of a means of recourse for members who believe they have been subjected to hazing, to allow them to blow the whistle without the risk of retaliation; to include the contact information for a chapter officer, a university advisor, an alumni advisor and if applicable, a national officer.

Lambda Phi Epsilon has completed all of their assigned sanctions in the above case.

Other Registered Student Organizations

Ballers for the Blind

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 policy 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.

Panhellenic Council

Alpha Chi Omega

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 policy, 9) Every quarter during the 2017-18 academic year, the chapter must develop and implement an educational campaign to educate the Greek 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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