Lambda Chi Alpha at Southern Methodist University has been suspended for 5 years by their national office. The 100-man chapter returned home from spring break to this brutal news. Pretty low move by nationals to make them go from an extreme high to being kicked in the nuts.
So what got them kicked off?
From the Dallas Morning News:
The national fraternity suspended the SMU chapter citing “multiple operational and new member incidents that violated the oaths and rules of our fraternity.”
So it sounds like hazing, right? New member incidents seem to always mean hazing. However, no one on campus really knows why they were suspended. In fact, the school itself wasn’t even investigating any allegations against the fraternity.
[SMU Spokeswoman Kim] Cobb said the university has received no reports of illegal activity or misconduct. If it did, it would review the allegations, she said.
Now that’s some bullshit. What did nationals know that the school didn’t? I would assume that an infraction big enough to boot a chapter for FIVE years would be big news on campus, maybe even national headlines. While their only explanation is that there were some “health and safety issues.” Okay.
Victor Beck, the former chapter president, released the following about the punishment.
From SMU Daily Campus:
“I believe I can speak for the whole chapter when I say that we are angry, upset and most of all disappointed in National’s decision,” Beck wrote. During this year’s rush, he wrote, the fraternity welcomed 44 new members. “We fell short in a couple of isolated instances that National viewed as a breach of our agreement … I can assure you that these mishaps were not extreme and did NOT warrant the punishment we were given.”
What’s with Lambda Chi and throwing out 5 year suspensions? This is the second one they’ve done this year, after they kicked off their Tennessee chapter for some soft hazing allegations.
The 21 members who lived in the house are being forced to move and have been offered housing by the school..
Image via Facebook/SMU Lambda Chi