Kappa Alpha was placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog. (Sydney O'Tapi/B&W Staff)

Kappa Alpha fraternity placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution

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UPDATE on 4/21: Kappa Alpha fraternity has been placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

The punishment comes as a result of a meeting with the university committee on discipline. The sanction will last from April 20 to Dec. 31, and any further violations of the Code of Conduct will result in immediate dissolution.

KA was originally charged with four violations for the incident, which occurred March 31, and was found responsible for two of them — irresponsible distribution of alcohol and fire safety or other life safety violations.

The fraternity must be alcohol free while on disciplinary deferred dissolution and is not allowed to host any events with alcohol. Members living in the house can’t have alcohol in their rooms either. The fraternity is still permitted to host events that do not have alcohol, according to the blog.

A previous violation had KA on disciplinary probation from April 5, 2017 through May 31, 2018. However, after this incident, KA will be on disciplinary probation from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018 instead.

“This is fourth alcohol offense in two years for the chapter, and it is clear to the panel that prior sanctions have not been effective,” the blog said. “Furthermore, the panel is disappointed that the latest event occurred less than 12 hours after the chapter president met with the Office of Student Conduct regarding the third alcohol related event. It is clear the chapter needs to make better decisions with regard to its social policies and risk management strategies.”

UPDATE on 4/6: Kappa Alpha has been placed on disciplinary probation after a committee found the fraternity guilty of Code of Conduct violations after a March 24 incident, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

According to the blog, the Lehigh University Police Department stopped a car for a broken headlight. Upon pulling the car over, the officer discovered six cases of beer, despite all five occupants of the car being under the age of 21.

The car belonged to a KA upperclassman, though he was not in the car. Four of the students were Kappa Alpha new members and one was a Kappa Alpha ghost pledge.

The driver claimed no knowledge of the beer in the back of the car and the students were not charged. The new members of KA provided false information about the incident during the investigation, according to the blog.

The university committee on discipline met April 5, and KA was found guilty of: the unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol; encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the code of conduct; intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer and failure to comply with the reasonable requests of university officials including law enforcement while acting in the performance of their duties.

In an additional Lehigh Greeks blog post, Kappa Alpha has also been charged with additional alleged violations of the Code of Conduct after a March 31 incident.

The alleged violations include: The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol; violating the Lehigh social policy through the prohibited irresponsible distribution of alcohol, and a violating the university social policy because of an occasion where the atmosphere or circumstances are such that the intended or likely outcome was to either abuse alcohol or become intoxicated.

According to the Lehigh Greeks blog, Kappa Alpha allegedly violated the Code of Conduct in an incident March 24.

The alleged violations include the unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol; encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct; and intentionally furnishing false information to a university official, hearing panel, or conduct officer.

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