Lehigh's chapter of Alpha Chi Omega lost university recognition on March 5. Sorority members allegedly engaged in a scavenger hunt that encouraged illegal activity. (Courtney Ferszt/B&W Staff)

Alpha Chi Omega placed on temporary suspension over scavenger hunt list


Lehigh’s chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority has been placed on temporary suspension, according to the Lehigh Greeks blog.

Allegedly the chapter “hosted, planned and/or executed a scavenger hunt (road rally) that encouraged illegal and/or proscribed activity.”

Until the suspension is lifted, the chapter is prohibited from conducting all activities, including both organized and impromptu gatherings “that could be construed in any way to be an Alpha Chi Omega event.”

Lehigh’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations will begin an investigation into the incident “in the immediate future.” The interim suspension, which is being taken in accordance with Article IV of the Code of Conduct, will remain in place until lifted by the dean of students.

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  1. Maybe the university should be looking into the differences in how they treat female vs. male organizations. A frat would never be suspended for this.

    • I don’t think that’s true. In fact, since the parties are hosted by fraternities, for many years and until recently sororities were largely passed over in the disciplinary process when it came to alcohol violations despite playing an equal role in the Greek social culture at Lehigh. But alcohol isn’t necessarily the issue here; it’s a road rally. I’m not sure whether you’re familiar with road rallies, but they’re team “scavenger hunts” based on a list of tasks to complete within a given period of time. It can include fun or funny tasks but also often include sexual acts, criminal mischief like theft, alcohol/drug use, getting tattoos, etc. I have no idea what was on the AXO list of tasks, but I gather it wasn’t a playground scavenger hunt.

  2. Based on what I KNOW happened, a sorority or a frat or a gaggle of geese would be suspended. Good for Lehigh for taking action.

  3. From what I understand it was an isolated group of juniors, who are almost all studying abroad next semester, who were idiots. The other girls knew nothing about it and weren’t included. This unacceptable behavior was an anomaly for AXO.

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