Lambda Chi Alpha cited for violations, inactivated
Issue date: 6/9/06 Section: News
A letter dated June 5, from Director of Chapter Services John Holloway, stated, "The decision was made after considering the chapter's numerous and recently escalating risk management deficiencies and membership issues." Lambda Chi Alpha is an international fraternity founded in 1909 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.; its Drexel chapter was founded in 1941.
"The decision to close the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was made by International Fraternity in cooperation with Drexel University, so this came as no surprise to the Headquarters staff," said William T. Farkas, executive vice president of Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity.
"Lambda Chi Alpha had its recognition withdrawn by their international headquarters because they determined that the chapter had been operating below the required standards of the international organization," said Dean of Students David Ruth. "The chapter was placed on interim suspension based on allegations of hazing, not because of a 'fairly major drug incident.'"
The fraternity had been sanctioned for a violation of the University's alcohol policy in May and was serving an interim suspension related to an alleged hazing incident that was being investigated.
"The drug incident … was an isolated incident and the individual student was held appropriately accountable," Ruth said. "This was not adjudicated as a chapter incident."
According to a press release from the Office of the Senior Vice President, all privileges and benefits conferred by recognition have been revoked. As a result, Lambda Chi Alpha must cease all activities, including sponsoring, co-sponsoring or otherwise participating in any activities alone or with other organizations. The members will be required to vacate the fraternity house, which is owned by the University and managed by the Alumni House Corporation, and remove all personal belongings. Any symbols or letters identifying the fraternity were required to be removed from the exterior of the property by no later than June 7 at 5 p.m.
Farkas also said that the Grand High Zeta, which servers as the Fraternity's board of directors, had followed the chapter's operations for multiple semesters. Upon due consideration, the board unanimously voted to declare the chapter inactive, June 4.