SMU Fraternity Gets 5 Year Suspension

Lambda Chi Alpha is suspending their Southern Methodist University chapter for a minimum of five years for “multiple operational and new member incidents that violated the oaths and rules of our fraternity.”  The SMU chapter was reviewed 6 months ago by Lambda Chi Alpha’s national headquarters for “health and safety” concerns.   Tad Lichtenauer, the national spokesman for Lamba Chi also stated the need for pledges to have positive experiences with the organization and spoke of the need to hold current members in violation of the fraternity’s code of conduct accountable for their actions.  “We just want to make sure we are overly sensitive to what’s going on,” Lichtenauer said.

So while no one is officially using the word “hazing,” all language points to it.

SMU’s Lambda Chi chapter learned of the decision upon returning from spring break.  The twenty-one members living in the house have been ordered to leave and been offered on-campus housing.  Furthermore, SMU says they have not received any complaints of misconduct or illegal activity.  However, the fraternity has had it’s share of trouble in the past.  In 2009, Lambda Chi was punished by the school for causing damage to a park and a fountain.  The following year, more than 1/3 of their members, 35 of 92, were suspended for ungentlemanly conduct.  More details at the Dallas Morning News.

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