Delta Chi Fraternity
Description: On December 9, 2013, Delta Chi Fraternity allowed underage individuals access to alcohol during a chapter function. It also became known that that some of these individuals were prospective new members, invited by the chapter for recruitment purposes. The chapter also failed to verify attendees' age through proper inspection of identification, and one freshman student requiring medical attention as a result of over consumption of alcohol.
Outcome: The chapter was found responsible for having an unregistered event, having an improper recruitment function, for providing alcohol to individuals under 21 years of age, and for violating the Recognition Policy as it relates to the presence of alcohol during activities while first-year students are present during the second quarter of the academic year. As a result, the chapter will receive a $5 fine per brother, two weeks of social probation, the loss of one day of formal recruitment, and the executive board of the chapter must create a presentation regarding the quarter system to be presented to the chapter. This must be approved by OFSIL before the chapter presentation; the chapter must have 80% of chapter membership in attendance; and the presentation will be attended by the Interfraternity Council Vice President of Judicial Affairs and Standards.
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
Description: On Nov. 24, 2013, Delta Tau Delta fraternity allowed students less than 21 years access to alcohol during a registered social event at their house. At least one student was found to have exited the building during the event with alcohol obtained from the house. Upon entering the facility to address the issue, Cornell Police also observed that the chapter had failed to post proper signage referencing the legal drinking age, and that the chapter was insufficiently monitoring the event.
Outcome: The Greek Judicial Board found the chapter responsible for violating the Event Management Guidelines in relation to the posting of proper signage referencing the New York State law which prohibits providing or selling alcohol to individuals under the age of 21; preventing alcohol from leaving the facility; and failure to comply with University policies, rules and regulations by allowing a first-year student to attend the event where alcohol was present.
As a result, the Greek Judicial Board instructed the chapter to update their signs and revise the chapter's sober monitoring plan as they would benefit from a more comprehensive plan to better prevent these types of issues in the future. Additionally, The chapter received four weeks of social probation; was fined $5 per brother as warranted by the IFC's 20-5-5 Monetary Fine Resolution, a standardized sanction applied to chapters if they allow freshmen students to attend events where alcohol is present; placed the chapter on disciplinary probation for one calendar year (concluding December 31, 2014); and, warned the chapter that additional violations during the period of probation are cause for the chapter to undergo a review by the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board to determine the future of the chapter's recognition status.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Description: On December 7, 2013, Kappa Sigma fraternity provided alcohol to underage individuals during a registered party the house hosted that evening. The fraternity allegedly provided shots of liquor to a male student without verifying that the individual was at least 21 years of age. According to the report, the amount of alcohol consumed by the underage student caused him need for medical attention. Upon investigation, the officers determined that this student's name was not present on the guest list for the event.
Outcome: The chapter was not found responsible for violating the Event Management Guidelines in regards to serving hard liquor. However, the chapter was found responsible for violating the Event Management Guidelines for failing to assist with valid identification, failing to stop open containers from leaving, and failing to have a proper guest list, and for providing alcohol to an individual under the age of 21. The Chapter was also found responsible for violating the Recognition Policy as it relates to the presence of alcohol during activities while first-year students are present during the second quarter of the academic year. As a result, the chapter will receive a $5 fine per brother and the executive board of the chapter must also create a presentation regarding the quarter system to be presented to the chapter. This presentation must be approved by OFSIL before the chapter presentation; the chapter must have 80% of chapter membership in attendance; and the presentation will be attended by the Interfraternity Council Vice President of Judicial Affairs and Standards. The chapter is also receiving an official warning that continuing to serve alcohol to individuals under 21 or continuing to allow open containers of alcohol off the premises will result in harsher sanctions including disciplinary probation.
Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Description: On November 11, 2013, the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board convened to consider the recognition status of Delta Kappa Epsilon upon the request of the Greek Judicial Board, which found the chapter responsible for violating several policies. The Greek Judicial Board expressed that the chapter's provisional recognition status and the serious nature of the violations "merited special consideration." The chapter was placed on provisional recognition status November 26, 2012 after incidents at that time brought to light a lengthy history of infractions— 14 since October of 2009, 10 of which were alcohol or other drug related. On October 2, 2013 the Greek Judicial Board held a hearing to review incidents which occurred the night of August 30th into the early morning hours of August 31st alleging that Delta Kappa Epsilon violated community policies specific to event management. The Board found the chapter responsible for actions which led to the hospitalization of two female students, both less than 21 years of age, for alcohol related illness. One of the women transported was a first-year student. Members of the chapter failed to contact 911, or any other agency, that would be able to provide medical assistance to the women. While still at the house, a friend of one of the women did contact 911 recognizing her need for assistance. Upon arrival, there was an attempt to impede the police in their work to locate the student in need The chapter was provided clear warning, by way of the November 26, 2012 letter from Dean Hubbell, that "if the chapter is found responsible for a material violation of Provisional Recognition Status, the chapter recognition will be immediately revoked."
Outcome: The University revoked recognition of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity for a period of no less than three years. The loss of University Recognition is the loss of any and all privileges and benefits bestowed upon a fraternity or sorority. Should the organization apply for, and be granted, recognition at that point, it will be provisional for a period of two calendar years. It was clear that the leaders, alumni and staff stood ready to assist the reformation of this organization. Unfortunately, the Board was left asking why this level of effort was not put in place one year ago when the University granted the chapter the opportunity to address these issues while operating under Provisional Recognition status. The incidents which occurred earlier this semester were of a serious variety. Regardless of the progress made in the past year, the Board concluded that the culture within this organization has not shifted far enough away from the misuse and abuse of alcohol documented over the past several years. Furthermore, the consequence was made clear by Dean Hubbell in 2012 that a material violation would result in the immediate revocation of all forms of Recognition. The Board agreed unanimously that an organization operating under a period of probation which provides the means for two underage women to consume so much alcohol that they required medical attention should not be allowed to continue to benefit from the privileges of recognition.
Appeal Outcome: VP of Student and Academics Services, Susan Murphy, did consider the DKE appeal and upheld the revocation of recognition. She did reduce it to a minimum of two-years from three. She also allowed those current residents who wish to remain in the house for the spring semester to do so. The facility will have a live-in house director, will be completely free of alcohol and other drugs, and there are to be no social events. If an individual violates this agreement they will be removed immediately. If there should be a group violation of the agreement the facility will be closed immediately and the revocation of recognition will return to a minimum of three years.
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
Description: On Sept. 22, 2013, the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received a CUPD report that an officer responded to an 18 year old female freshman student on Thurston Avenue who was allegedly highly intoxicated. This individual was evaluated and later transported to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment due to over consumption of alcohol. The female reported to the police that she consumed shots of liquor at the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house.
Outcome: The Greek Judicial Board found the chapter responsible for violating the Greek Community Policies specific to serving alcohol to individuals less than 21 years of age; providing liquor to guests; for contributing to the need for medical transport of a guest due to the consumption of alcohol; and for violating the Recognition Policy prohibiting fraternity specific interaction with freshmen during the first quarter of the academic year. As a result, the chapter was sanctioned with a fine of $25 per member as warranted by the IFC Monetary Fine Resolution 20-5-5; the chapter president is to deliver a presentation detailing the recruitment schedule guidelines to at least 80% of the membership. Because an alumnus played a role in this infraction, according to the chapter, the Board suggested the chapter distribute an outline of behavioral expectations to alumni to decrease the possibility that similar events happen in the future. The chapter will also serve six weeks of social probation. The Greek Judicial Board reminded the chapter that any interaction with freshmen during the first quarter is prohibited and can result in loss of days of formal recruitment, issuing a formal warning of such. The chapter also received a warning that continuing to serve alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 will result in more serious penalties.
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity
Description: On Sept. 12, 2013 the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living received a report from another chapter that Pi Delta Psi fraternity was engaging in activities violating the Asian-Interest Recruitment Policy. The chapter was giving out bids and communicating in other ways with potential new member after the 9:00 pm deadline, during a period the Multicultural Greek Letter Council has determined will be a period of silence to allow potential new members to make decisions about bids for membership without the pressure of any fraternity or members.
Outcome: The Greek Judicial Board found the chapter responsible for violating the Asian-Interest Recruitment Policy. This is the second time in 18 months that this chapter has committed a similar violation of this policy. The chapter was sanctioned with education about the policy, and must present the policy to the full MGLC right before the General Information Meeting during spring 2014 Recruitment Week. It must be attended by 80% of the chapter membership. The chapter will also lose one day of recruitment. Additionally, the chapter received an official warning that any further violations will result in additional sanctions.
Men's Varsity Lacrosse Team: Cornell Athletics
Description: On September 12, 2013, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education received information informing them that the new members of the men's varsity lacrosse team were being hazed by the upperclass members of the team. The investigation revealed the presence of a culture within this group of treating new members as less than equals. The freshmen were expected to perform menial tasks, including chores and other duties that went above and beyond those expected of the general membership. Additionally, they were expected to spend a large amount of time with the other members in both lacrosse-related and social situations planned by upperclass members of the team. At one such social gathering, upperclass team members organized a "keg race" in which underage freshmen members, aided by seniors, were challenged to drink a large amount of alcohol (beer) in a competition against other team members. The freshmen were told to stand in a circle and were tied together with string that was passed through their belt loops. They consumed a large quantity of alcohol to the point at which multiple members vomited.
Outcome: On September 13, the Cornell men's varsity lacrosse team was placed on temporary suspension, pending the outcome of the investigation. Immediately following the conclusion of the investigation and determination of the hazing infractions, the team was notified that all Fall 2013 competitions had been canceled. The team will participate in anti-hazing education programs and workshops and those members negatively affected by the hazing incidents will be provided support.