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Lehigh University sorority suspended over scavenger hunt

Hazing cited in suspension

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Lehigh University sorority is the latest Greek organization being kicked off campus following an incident which officials say included hazing.

Alpha Chi Omega will lose its recognition for two years with the school after the University's Committee on Discipline said the sorority carried out a "reprehensible event."

A release from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs states back on December 8th, the sorority "planned and executed a scavenger hunt" featuring sex, drugs and alcohol.

Officials say the event violated school policy.

Following an investigation by Lehigh University's Title IX Coordinator, the university's Committee on Discipline found the sorority to be responsible for all charges against them including hazing, unauthorized consumption, distribution, and possession of alcohol and failing to report and/or knowingly take part in banned activity.

Now, Alpha Chi Omega is banned from having a place on campus for two years.  

The Committee provided its rationale for the sanctions: "This incident was a significant, reprehensible event that the entire chapter was aware of and leadership endorsed. This event did not only take place this year, but there is credible information that this event has been going on for years."

The action against the sorority is the latest in an an effort to crack down on code violations. Last year, the university president spoke out against excessive drinking following a series of events that sent several students to the hospital.

Multiple fraternities have since been suspended or banned at Lehigh.

In January, Lehigh's Interfraternity Greek Council enacted a ban on hard alcohol at all sponsored events.

As for the future of Alpha Chi Omega, the sorority has lost its university recognition and members no longer have access to the group housing.

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