Kappa Sigma fraternity on the Hill. The fraternity has lost university recognition, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog. (Lisa Ulker/B&W Staff)

Kappa Sigma fraternity suspended effective immediately

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UPDATE on 5/3: Lehigh’s chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity has been suspended effective immediately for an incident that occurred April 22, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

This sanction was enforced by the executive director of Kappa Sigma fraternity as a result of multiple violations of the Code of Conduct. The chapter is required to cease all activities that in any way relate to the fraternity, and both the chapter house and any other house where brothers of the fraternity might congregate must be alcohol free.

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations will investigate the incident, where “over 40 students in attendance at a Kappa Sigma event were cited for underage drinking, one member was cited for multiple counts of furnishing alcohol and one student in attendance was not eligible to affiliate with a fraternity.”

UPDATE on 3/30: As of March 30, Kappa Sigma has been placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution following the completion of an investigation into two incidents, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

The sanction will last from March 30 to Dec. 31. Following this, the fraternity will be placed on disciplinary probation from Jan. 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018.

The fraternity was charged with respect for others (hazing), respect for community (false information) and two counts of respect for self (unauthorized consumption, distribution or possession). Kappa Sigma took responsibility for all four charges.

According to the blog, on the Feb. 15 incident, “A student walked into another student’s room and vomited on the floor. He was highly intoxicated and said he was drinking beer and grain at Kappa Sigma. He was transported to St. Luke’s and cited (.22).”

The blog described the March 1 incident as well.

“Kappa Sigma had new members carry ‘pledge packs,'” the blog said. “When police arrived, members lied to (the Lehigh University Police Department) about the identity of a member. Police also detected an odor of alcohol on the breath of an underage member.”

Any further violations of the Code of Conduct will result in the dissolution of the chapter while on disciplinary deferred dissolution. If the fraternity reaches the point where the disciplinary deferred dissolution period expires, and it’s only on disciplinary probation, the fraternity can still receive further sanctions, including dissolution or termination, according to the blog.

During the spring 2018 semester, the entire chapter of Kappa Sigma must meet with Corey Grant, the assistant director of fraternity and sorority affairs, before Jan. 30, 2018 and prior to its bid day to discuss the “rights and responsibilities the chapter incurs when taking a new member class.”

The blog also states that the fraternity has to create a risk management plan focused on off-campus events. The plan must be approved by OFSA by April 14.

Kappa Sigma allegedly violated the Lehigh Code of Conduct in two separate incidents, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

On the first incident, which occurred Feb. 15, Kappa Sigma’s alleged violation was “the unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution or possession of alcohol.”

The second incident, which occurred March 1, included the same alleged violation. The blog also listed two other possible violations — hazing and “intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.”

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