Theta Xi loses recognition for two years


Theta Xi fraternity lost university recognition on Friday, March 29, 2019. The announcement was made on the Lehigh Greeks Blog. (Vincent Liu/B&W Staff)

Theta Xi was found responsible for four charges, and has lost university recognition as of March 29, according to the Lehigh Greeks Blog.

The University Committee on Discipline found the fraternity responsible for violating the Respect for Others (Hazing), Respect for Others (Interference), Respect for Community (False Information) and Respect for Community (Posted Rules and Regulations) clauses in the code of conduct.

The fraternity is dissolved dissolved until May 30, 2021. The dissolution means that Theta Xi cannot use the university’s name or represent it in any capacity. The organization will lose all access to university equipment and facilities.

The committee detailed their rationale for each charge on the blog. In terms of the hazing and posted rules and regulation charges, the committee found that the fraternity “caused unexpected mental stress” on its new members by changing their initiation date to the week following the date on the new member education plan, and leaving the new members unaware of the reasoning for this change.

As for the interference and false information charges, the report says the panel was “disturbed” by the contradictory statements made by various fraternity members to investigator Holly Taylor, specifically when it came to the pledge duties of the fraternity’s new members. Taylor is an associate director in the Office of Student Affairs.

The report says the panel was left to believe that the fraternity “interfered with both the new member education plan and the investigative report.”

The panel cited Theta Xi’s disciplinary probation since 2017 and current standing of differed dissolution as evidence of the chapter’s conduct history and rationale for the chapter’s dissolution.

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  1. Are you kidding me regarding “mental Stress” for changing their initiation date? Wonder how many professors change their test dates or grade report dates?

    This has gone completely overboard to protect the snowflake kids in college today. This is the weakest excuse I have ever seen. Can you imagine the difference of kids graduating from the academies vs these Lehigh flakes—buck up Lehigh!!

    • Robert F Davenport Jr on

      LUENGINEER – Either I agree with you concerning “mental stress” or some of the gory details were left out of the article. “Contradictory statements” sounds innocuous but could actually include serious actions or activities. If they were innocuous why would statements not match up? Usually variations in the “story” are indicative of a cover up.

      I am amazed that so many Lehigh students seem to be unable to exist in the current administration/greek environment. Apparently the benefits of greek life pale in comparison with desire of greek members to live by their own rules. There may be problems in other living groups so I am not limiting the discussion to the greeks.

      Lehigh may be protecting the snowflakes but it is taking to task the impudent.

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