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Lehigh fraternity dissolved after alcohol-related incidents

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh University's Sigma Chi Fraternity was placed on interim social suspension Nov. 1 after alcohol-related incidents. 

But after deliberation on the charges the chapter faced, it was decided to dissolve the fraternity as of Wednesday.

In October, two students were hospitalized for alcohol-related emergencies and another was cited for underage drinking. According to the university's Greek Community blog, fraternity members failed to call for help when one student required medical assistance at the Sigma Chi off-campus residence. 

In addition, the fraternity was placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution, which began Apr. 27 and continues through Dec. 18. This is a result of three alcohol violations in one year.

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations conducted an investigation in which the fraternity accepted responsibility for all charges. 

The University Committee on Discipline dissolved the fraternity after careful deliberation Nov. 14. Sigma Chi lost university recognition and the privilege to use the university's name in addition to access to group housing. The students will be eligible to return to Lehigh at the end of the dissolution period. 


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