Lehigh's Phi Kappa Theta chapter was dissolved on Jan. 20. The decision following a November 2019 incident after years of being on deferred disciplinary dissolution. (Kerry Mallett/B&W Photo)

Phi Kappa Theta placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution


Lehigh’s chapter of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity has been placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution following an incident during which the Lehigh University Police Department witnessed members carrying an incoherent woman out of an off campus residence into a parked vehicle on Oct. 23.

According to the Lehigh Greeks blog, the LUPD stopped the car and found that the woman was unaware of her surroundings, unable to hold her head up and in obvious need of medical assistance.

The fraternity had been temporarily suspended on Oct. 26 following allegations including endangerment of the health and safety of students, provision of alcohol to minors, failure to adhere to medical amnesty and failure to abide by alcohol-free conduct sanctions related to a previous hearing.

The fraternity is being charged with violating the policies of Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession), Respect for Community L1 (Failure to Report/Being in the Presence of a Violation), Respect for Community G1 (Incomplete Sanctions) and Respect for Community I1 (Posted Rules and Regulations).

Phi Kappa Theta has taken responsibility for violating the policies of Respect for Community L1 and Respect for Community I1, and the other two charges were dropped.

These charges follow previous abuses by Phi Kappa Theta of the Lehigh Code of Conduct after two incidents at off-campus parties in 2014, during which members were caught chanting a song that included homophobic slurs at an off-campus party. The organization was then charged with variety of violations including Respect for Others D1 (Hazing) and Respect for Community A1 (False Information).

According to the blog post, Phi Kappa Theta is placed on disciplinary deferred dissolution from Nov. 4 through the end of new member education next spring. The fraternity is to remain alcohol-free on and off campus, prohibiting the chapter from hosting events with alcohol and barring individual members from having alcohol in their rooms.

Any further violations of the Code of Conduct during this period will result in the immediate dissolution of the organization without further review.

In addition, the fraternity is obligated to provide bystander intervention training for its entire chapter during the spring 2016 semester, as well in its new member education plan.

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