The Mu Upsilon chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at Miami University has been found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct, Section 105B (Prohibited use of alcohol) and 113 (Disorderly conduct).
It was alleged that on Sept. 11, 2010, members of Phi Gamma Delta held a party at an off-campus residence where an underage student became intoxicated. It was also alleged that the party became disruptive, necessitating intervention by the Oxford police department.
An administrative hearing was conducted in the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution on Oct. 11. Phi Gamma Delta fraternity was found responsible for Sections 105B (Prohibited use of alcohol) and 113 (Disorderly conduct). At that time, sanctions were issued against the fraternity, including a three-year suspension.
The fraternity appealed the decision to the university appeals board on Nov. 1 and the appeals board upheld the decision of the administrative hearing officer.
The fraternity then appealed to the vice president for student affairs on Nov. 5.
The following sanctions have been imposed on the fraternity:
Phi Gamma Delta fraternity is suspended from Dec. 17, 2010, to May 30, 2011.
Any violation of the Code of Student Conduct committed during the deferred suspension will result in the automatic reinstatement of the original, pre-appeal suspension of the chapter for the remaining two and a half years as stated in the original sanction no matter when in the two and a half years of deferred suspension the violation occurs. The two and a half year suspension will be in addition to the sanctions imposed for any future violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
During the period of deferred suspension all chapter events (as defined in the Miami University Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association Risk Management Policy) must remain alcohol-free. The chapter may, with the written approval of the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, petition the director of the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution and the assistant vice president for student affairs to have this restriction removed after January 1, 2012.
The chapter must engage the international fraternity to conduct a comprehensive membership review of the chapter members and pledges to determine who will continue as undergraduate members. This review must take place before August 1, 2011, and the review panel must include at least one staff representative of the international fraternity.
During the deferred suspension period the chapter property will be alcohol-free. This sanction is independent of the condition under the second bullet above.
Any social events must be authorized in writing by the international fraternity or its appointed alumni representative and must comply with all university/Interfraternity Council and fraternity requirements, policies and rules.
The chapter must send at least two members to the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute during the summers while on deferred suspension.
The chapter must recommend the minimum number of chapter members to the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership for attendance at the Acropolis program in the fall 2011, 2012 and 2013 semesters.
The chapter must have at least three members attend the annual Fiji Academy leadership school during the deferred suspension period.
During the deferred suspension period the chapter will require and ensure that each member devotes at least 10 hours per academic term to community service and philanthropy. The chapter will arrange for this condition to be monitored by the international fraternity or its alumni representative. The chapter must prepare and keep a written record of the service performed by each chapter member and provide a copy of the record as part of its report at the end of each academic term.
During the fall 2011 term, the chapter will conduct alcohol education programming for all chapter members covering these topic areas:
o Health issues relating to alcohol use, including dependence
o Legal issues
The chapter must contact the director of the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution to make arrangements and participate in the university-sponsored character development programs during the fall 2011 semester.
The chapter must submit a monthly report addressing all the terms and conditions of the deferred suspension contained within this letter as well as information on other chapter activities such as recruitment and campus involvement with the international fraternity and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership. The report must be signed by the chapter president and other representatives as determined by the international fraternity. The report should be submitted to the vice president for student affairs and the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution.