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Office of Student Conduct

Group Conduct

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Office of Student Conduct

Address:
Ruby Jones Hall, Room 200
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: 610-436-3511
Fax: 610-738-0500


Ms. Christina Brenner
Director
CBrenner@wcupa.edu

Group Conduct 

The primary mission of the Office of Student Conduct is to foster personal development and maintain community standards by providing an educational student conduct process. Student clubs and organizations are intended to provide a framework in which students engage in hands-on experiences in civic engagement, leadership, social responsibility, and build on personal values. Student experiences should complete their academic endeavors and solidify career aspirations.  As such, West Chester University expects its student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams to uphold the University’s values and to foster and support an educational community. 

Organizations that do not promote and practice these values and maintain respect, health, and safety standards for their members and the University community at large, will not be welcome on campus. Student organizations that are alleged to engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in the issuance of violations of University expectations have rights to process.  The details are included in the Student Code of Conduct. Student groups, as well as their members and leaders, may be held collectively and/or individually responsible for violations of the Student Code of Conduct or other University policies.  It is the responsibility of the group’s student president, leader, or designee to represent the group through the conduct process.

How to Refer a Concern about a Group Activity

Please use this to report a violation of organizational, ethical, hazing, harassment, and/or group Code of Conduct violation. The information entered will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct. This team will assess next steps based on concerns for the people involved and concerns for the safety of the community. The students involved may be contacted to assess needs for resources and the accused organization will be contacted if and when an investigation has been approved. The information in this form will be kept as confidential as possible and only shared with those who need to know.

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Rams Take Care of Rams: Safe Harbor Immunity 

To encourage immediate medical attention when necessary, an individual shall not be prosecuted for an offense if the individual meets certain conditions. Such conditions include being the first individual to reach out to emergency services; reasonably believing the individual needed immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious bodily injury; identifying themselves with their own name, and remaining with the person until emergency services personnel have arrived.  This is a summary and specific details should be reviewed at 18 Pa. C.S.A. §2810.

Group Hazing Report updated 7/26/19

West Chester University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where safety, health, and well-being are priorities for all. The following details reported hazing violations of the institution’s Anti-Hazing Policy, along with applicable state, or federal hazing laws.  This report will be updated biannually in accordance with statutory requirements.

Group Hazing Report

Subject [Organization] Date Violation Charged Description of Violation Investigation Findings Disciplinary Action/Sanctions Date Resolved

Pi Kappa Alpha

3/24/2019 An anonymous source reported overhearing students discussing their new member process. They included having to arrive at all times of night to an off campus location, forced alcohol consumption, and not being able to leave the fraternity house.

Incident was referred to the police. Due to the vague nature of the allegations, a thorough investigation could not be conducted.

As a result, no action was taken.

4/10/2019

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

3/6/2019 It was alleged that Sigma Alpha Epsilon had new members drive to Philadelphia to get cheese steaks for the current members.

Based on an investigation, there was insufficient information to determine that SAE was involved in such an incident which violated policy.

As a result, no action was taken.

4/1/2019

Alpha Phi

3/4/2019 It was alleged that new members of Alpha Phi were preforming a task that served no legitimate purpose at an off campus location.

Although the required task was confirmed to have occurred, it did not meet the definition of hazing nor any other policy violation.

As a result, no action was taken.

4/11/2019

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

2/25/2019 It was alleged that this group was assisting the Iota Rho Chapter of Delta Zeta of hazing new members by requiring participation in a scavenger hunt where alcohol was provided to underage minors.

Although one student in Sigma Alpha Epsilon was found to have participated in the hazing events, this was not sponsored nor supported by the group.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon did not face disciplinary action, however the one member involved was issued Final Disciplinary Probation and educational assignments.

6/25/2019

Pi Kappa Phi

2/25/2019 It was alleged that this group was assisting the Iota Rho Chapter of Delta Zeta of hazing new members by requiring participation in a scavenger hunt where forced alcohol consumption was provided to underage minors.

Although some students were found to have participated in the hazing events, this was not sponsored nor supported by the group. Eight students in Pi Kappa Phi were alleged to have violated the hazing policy for their participation in the scavenger hunts.

Pi Kappa Phi did not face disciplinary action, however six members were found to be involved and were issued Disciplinary Probation and educational assignments.

6/10/2019

Pi Kappa Alpha

2/25/2019 It was alleged that this group was assisting the Iota Rho Chapter of Delta Zeta of hazing new members by requiring participation in a scavenger hunt where forced alcohol consumption was provided to underage minors.

The group was found to have hosted a new member event for the fraternity and sorority in which members were endorsing a contest which served no legitimate purpose. Two individual members of Pi Kappa Alpha were alleged to have violated the student code of conduct for their participation in the scavenger hunts.

Pi Kappa Alpha faces pending disciplinary action. Two individual members involved were issued Disciplinary Probation and educational assignments.

6/25/2019

Delta Zeta

2/25/2019 The Iota Rho Chapter of Delta Zeta was alleged to have provided alcohol to new members during the big/little clue week scavenger hunts. New members were asked to consume alcohol at various off campus locations, which were unknown to them. It is alleged that a new member experienced alcohol poisoning. New members were also asked to drive into Philadelphia to pick up cheesesteaks for sisters. The organization is also allegedly responsible for hosting an unregistered social event where alcohol was served to minors.

Investigations by both the University and the National Organization were conducted and supported allegations that the group violated the University Hazing policy. Based on the investigations, it was determined that several leaders in the group organized scavenger hunts. At least 30% of the new member class were identified as having to participate in scavenger hunt activities, most of which involved underage alcohol consumption in order to receive a clue at an unknown location from fraternity men that most new members did not know. 11 members of Delta Zeta were charged with the violation of hazing. Of the 11 Delta Zeta members charged, 9 members were found responsible and one member’s outcome is still pending.

Final Disciplinary Probation through December 2019 followed by a semester of continued probation for review and observation. Compliance with the national rehabilitation plan is also required. Eight Delta Zeta students were placed on Disciplinary Probation and faced educational sanctions. Two members received a Disciplinary Reprimand. Additionally, The national sorority dismissed five members, placed four members on probation with sanction conditions and permanently removed one from their leadership position within the organization.

4/3/2019

Lambda Theta Alpha

2/19/2019 A report alleged hazing activities in the organization, mainly the restriction of members in public spaces and socializing with others.

An investigation of the group did not substantiate violations of University policy.

It was recommended that the group improve transparency about the process to avoid future confusion.

4/5/2019

Alpha Sigma Tau

2/18/2019 New members reported that they were very stressed due to demands involved in the new member process and alleged verbal abuse.

Through an investigation, WCU was unable to substantiate the complaint as a policy violation.

As a result, no action was taken.

4/12/2019

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc

2/13/2019 Allegations of physical beatings were reported to West Chester University and the national organization.

All allegations were denied throughout an extensive investigation and WCU was unable to substantiate the complaint.

While an investigation was conducted the group was placed on interim suspension and the interim suspension action was withdrawn when the complaint was found to be unsubstantiated.

2/25/2019

Alpha Kappa Alpha

1/29/2019 Allegations of hazing were made against the Theta Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at West Chester University via an anonymous phone call. After speaking with their national regional director she was able to share that the chapter has been placed on what they call “withdraw pending” an investigation. No details have been shared with the University.

The national sorority of Alpha Kappa Alpha received a report, conducted an investigation and subsequently suspended the group at West Chester University. Despite repeated requests from the University, the National has shared no details with the University that would allow it to take disciplinary action against the sorority or its members.

Group suspension through May 2021 by the national sorority. As noted in the complaint section, despite repeated attempts to secure evidence or information about the nature of the sorority members’ actions, WCU has received nothing from the National. Therefore, it is unable to take disciplinary action against the sorority or its members.

6/4/2019

Kappa Sigma

1/7/2019

It was alleged that Kappa Sigma members were engaging in reckless behaviors, including threats of harm, furnishing alcohol to minors and forced alcohol consumption. The allegations were confirmed during an extensive investigation. New members were subjected to hazing, including sleep and social restrictions, forced alcohol consumption, physical challenges, and servitude at various off campus locations.

Disciplinary Group Disestablishment: The organization has lost its campus recognition and is prohibited from conducting any and all group activity on campus through January 1, 2026.

2/12/2019

Phi Sigma Pi

12/5/2018

Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided was not adequate to pursue criminal charges.  The Office of Student Conduct received a report regarding concerns with the new member process for Phi Sigma Pi. An official University investigation commenced and it was determined that underage alcohol consumption was endorsed during the post induction ceremony gathering.

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION through 5/11/19
and additional educational and risk management requirements.

 
12/17/2018 

Women’s Ice Hockey

11/30/2018

Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to criminal charges. The group took responsibility for the new member hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors.  The adjudication is still in process.

Final Disciplinary Probation through March, 2020.

1/31/2019

Men’s Football

8/25/2018

An underage member of the team returned to the residence halls after a football team party under the influence of alcohol during the first week of classes. The information provided by the student did not indicate team misconduct.

None

12/17/2018

Pi Kappa Alpha

 4/27/2018 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to criminal charges.   The new member process included a scavenger hunt which is against the hazing policy. The group leadership took responsibility for the violation and immediately instituted corrective action.

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION through 12/14/18
and additional educational and risk management requirements.

 
 5/2/2018
Sigma Phi Epsilon 4/26/2018 It was reported by a guest of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity events that they witnessed the fraternity violating the fraternity risk management hosting responsibilities and allegedly hazing new members, including taking them blindfolded to random locations and told to make their way back to campus. The group was interimly suspended while an investigation moved forward.  The violations could not be substantiated.

None

4/26/2018

Delta Sigma Theta

4/22/2018 An anonymous reporter alleged that pledges of Delta Sigma Theta were being subjected to severe hazing and physical abuse.  The reporter stated that a student tried to take her life as a result of the hazing. The group was interimly suspended while an investigation moved forward. Investigation did not substantiate allegations of hazing. None 5/18/2018
Pi Kappa Phi 4/13/2018 It was reported that the chapter is making new members sell shirts and clean the house. The group was interimly suspended while an investigation occurred. Although those activities did take place and multiple classes were involved, a hearing board found the group not responsible for hazing. None 9/12/2018
Sigma Alpha Epsilon

3/28/2018

The Office of Student Conduct received a report alleging that new members were forced to consume food and alcohol resulting in vomiting. It was also alleged that new members were forced to clean older members’ houses and subjected to line-ups. The violations could not be substantiated as a result of the interviews and the group was found not responsible. None 4/19/2018

Sigma Lambda Gamma, Inc

3/9/2018

 
Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to criminal charges.   The members did not respond to University requests for an interview.  Because the chapter was being disestablished by the national organization and would no longer exist on WCU’s campus, a campus investigation did not move forward. Disciplinary Group Disestablishment as of 5/25/18.  5/27/2018 

Delta Phi Epsilon

3/1/2018

A report was received alleging the group hosted an event prior to a formal with dangerous levels of alcohol consumption An investigation provided information to the contrary.  The group refuted the violations in the conduct process and were found not responsible. None 3/6/2018
Women's Softball 2/20/2018 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided was not adequate to pursue criminal charges. 

The softball team hosted an off-campus party where underage players were given access to consume alcohol at three different locations.

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION Effective to 9/30/2018 & additional educational and risk management requirements.

4/2/2018

Kappa Delta Rho, Inc.

11/8/2017 An anonymous person alleged that new members were forced to consume a large quantity of alcohol and were subjected to physical hazing.

The investigation was limited based on the anonymous report.  It cannot be determined from the interviews whether or not the incident reported actually occurred. Violations were not issued since the report could not be substantiated.

None

12/20/2017
Sigma Phi Epsilon 10/23/2017 New members were allegedly required to run a mile and perform callisthenic drills.  Another alleged challenge was to consume specific alcoholic beverages with the intent to cause vomiting.

The initial report could not be substantiated by the members.

None

11/2/2017
Men’s Swim Team 10/23/2017 Allegations of hazing and underage drinking games at the known "swim house" were made from a parent.

The investigation did not substantiate hazing activity.

None

1/4/2018

Alpha Xi Delta

9/29/2017 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided was not adequate to pursue criminal charges.

Alpha Xi Delta hosted a new member event where the group purchased and provided alcohol to attendees and drinking games were available.

DISCIPLINARY GROUP SUSPENSION through 9/29/18, an additional period of DEFERRED SUSPENSION through 9/30/19, & and additional educational and risk management requirements.

11/3/2017

Delta Sigma Theta

5/3/2017 Allegations were made that an underground (non recognized) new member group of the Rho Alpha Chapter were in process and experienced physical hazing.

An investigation did not substantiate the allegation of hazing/physical abuse in the new member process nor a violation of new member policy and procedures.

None

5/5/2018

Sigma Alpha Iota

3/8/2017 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to the pursuit of criminal charges.  The group required new member classes to meet non legitimate physical and mental challenges. DISCIPLINARY GROUP SUSPENSION through 9/20/17, followed by DISCIPLINARY PROBATION through  9/20/18 and the completion of educational and risk management requirements. 4/21/2017

Phi Beta Sigma

12/1/2016

Staff reported a brand on a new member’s shoulder of the fraternity. Upon investigation, the student shared that getting the brand was their choice to demonstrate pride in the organization. No force or coercion was found to be involved. None 4/17/2017

Men’s Swim Team

10/11/2016 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided was not adequate to pursue criminal charges.  Legal-aged members hosted an event and supplied alcohol for all members which included games and personal food taste challenges. DISCIPLINARY GROUP SUSPENSION- DEFERRED through 12/31/17, and additional educational and risk management requirements 10/13/2016

Sigma Lambda Gamma, Inc

 9/21/2016 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to the pursuit of criminal charges.  Investigations by both the University and the National Organization were conducted and supported allegations that the group violated the University Hazing policy. DISCIPLINARY GROUP SUSPENSION through 12/31/16 and Deferred Suspension through 12/31/18 and additional educational and risk management requirements.  12/14/2016

Delta Sigma Theta

5/2/2016

Allegation of violations of the West Chester University Student Code of Conduct stemming from incidents occurring as part of the new member process and after inductions.

An interim suspension was placed while the investigation took place.  The investigation did not substantiate allegations of hazing and the pending charges were dismissed.

  5/24/2016

Phi Beta Sigma

 4/21/2016 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to the pursuit of criminal charges.  The investigation provided evidence of sleep deprivation, last minute requirements, and unknown tasks during the new member process. DISCIPLINARY PROBATION Effective to 5/31/2017 & additional educational and risk management requirements.  

5/18/2016

Kappa Alpha Psi

4/1/2016 Physical hazing was alleged against at least three members of the organization. The group was interimly suspended by Kappa Alpha Psi while an investigation was conducted by the national fraternity. No evidence was found to verify the hazing claim. None 4/25/2016

Alpha Kappa Alpha

12/22/2015 Anonymous call reported a friend’s daughter was the victim of hazing by physical abuse and kidnapping. An interim suspension was placed while the alleged victim was contacted.  The alleged victim denied any truth to the report. None 1/14/2016

Phi Sigma Pi

9/7/2014 Violations are defined in the West Chester University Anti-Hazing Policy .  The information provided did not rise to criminal charges. 

The new member program extended past the eight week limit, including unplanned meetings, last minute notices, and mandated silence.

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION Effective to 10/31/2015 and additional educational and risk management requirements.

10/16/2014

 

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