Lehigh's Theta Xi chapter was granted its appeal and the chapter returned to deferred dissolution until May 31, 2020. Alumni got involved and sent out a petition receiving over 100 signatures in favor of Theta Xi to appeal their punishment. (Vincent Liu/B&W Staff)

Theta Xi wins appeal of its dissolution


Theta Xi was granted its appeal of its recent loss of recognition by the University.

Chris Mulvihill, the associate dean of students, confirmed in an email that the appeal “was granted on the grounds that the sanction was unduly harsh.”

Lehigh University Code of Conduct, Article XI, Section III, Part D.3.b. states: “If an appeal is granted on the basis of an unduly harsh sanction, the Disciplinary Appeals Committee will develop a detailed rationale as well as provide specific information that guided its actions. At that time the Office of Student Conduct will gather a committee of one faculty member from the Hearing Panel that heard the case or the Hearing Officer in cases of Disciplinary Conferences, a faculty member of the group that heard the appeal, and a member of the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the sanctions. That group may, by majority vote, change the sanctions or make no change to the sanctions. This group will provide a detailed rationale for their decision.”

Mulvihill said the group will meet next week to discuss and decide if changes should be made to the sanctions.

The Lehigh Greek blog released the news of Theta Xi’s dissolution on March 29. The University Committee on Discipline charged the fraternity with counts related to hazing, interference, false information and posted rules and regulations. Theta Xi was to be dissolved from March 29, 2019, to May 30, 2021.

Comment policy

Comments posted to The Brown and White website are reviewed by a moderator before being approved. Incendiary speech or harassing language, including comments targeted at individuals, may be deemed unacceptable and not published. Spam and other soliciting will also be declined.

The Brown and White also reserves the right to not publish entirely anonymous comments.

1 Comment

  1. Accuracy in Media Critic on

    The headline for this article is misleading.

    It implies that they made an appeal and “won” it.

    I would have been more accurate if it read:

    Theta Xi granted a hearing to appeal its dissolution

    The article reads correctly with regards to what is going on. Namely that they will have that hearing this week.

    My view is that the dissolution is indeed too harsh.

    After reading this earlier article


    it appears to me that they are the victim of a Kangaroo Court run by an overzealous Office of Student Conduct.

    It is clear to me after looking at this blog


    that the Greek system is under siege.

Leave A Reply