Delta Phi fraternity chapter house on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (Sydney O'Tapi/B&W photo)

Delta Phi fraternity loses chapter recognition after hazing, alcohol charges

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After initially being placed on deferred dissolution in January, Delta Phi fraternity has lost their chapter recognition at Lehigh after a hearing on Feb. 21, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

Along with losing Lehigh recognition, the fraternity has also lost its chapter house and the “privilege to represent the university in any capacity.”
Their dissolution is in effect immediately through 2019. At that time, Delta Phi will be allowed to apply to be recognized by Lehigh again, though nothing is guaranteed.
This decision comes as a result of an investigation surrounding a new member educator notebook from 2011 that was found by the university. The allegations surrounding the investigation included “coerced consumption of alcohol, line ups, servitude, and restrictions on sleep, contact and behavior as well as degrading actions taken towards new members,” the blog said.
The investigation also concluded that these actions occurred during the Spring 2014 semester, as well. Delta Phi was found responsible for six out of the seven Code of Conduct violations they were charged with. These include respect for others D1 (hazing), respect for community A1 (false information), respect for community J1 (encouraging others), and respect for self A1 (unauthorized consumptions, distribution, or possession).
Students currently living in the Delta Phi chapter house will be allowed to remain there for the rest of the semester. They are required to be alcohol-free and will be subjected to repeated walk-throughs by Lehigh staff members.
Delta Phi has the right to appeal this decision.
“Evidence has shown that this was not a one-time event,” the blog said. “The panel remained unconvinced that current members/leaders can enact the change needed to ensure such events do not occur in the future.”
According to the Delta Phi website, Lehigh’s Nu chapter was founded in 1884 and was one of only 12 remaining active Delta Phi chapters in the nation.

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