Sorority banned over sex drugs alcohol scavenger hunt
By Barbara Miller
A sorority has been kicked off Lehigh University's campus after a scavenger hunt that was called "reprehensible."
Alpha Chi Omega's Theta Chi chapter's Lehigh campus recognition was revoked for two years, starting March 5 until May 31, 2020, says the Lehigh Greeks blog.
The sorority was accused of sponsoring a road rally scavenger hunt Dec. 8, 2017 in which participants "received points for various acts including sexual activity, the use of drugs and alcohol, ingesting food and other liquids."
The sorority chapter was placed on interim suspension Dec. 12 after reports of the incident, and Alpha Chi Omega headquarters ordered the chapter to cease and desist all activities.
The chapter cooperated and turned over evidence, and an investigation resulted in probationary terms for the chapter, and additional individual consequences, said the blog.
Lehigh University's committee on discipline held a hearing March 5, and concluded there were hazing violations. The sorority will lose University recognition and access to group housing immediately upon conclusion of the University's disciplinary process.
The scavenger hunts may not have been required for affiliation into the sorority, "but are clearly considered a rite of passage and a consistent part of membership in AXO," said the committee.
There was credible information that the event had been going on for years, and the entire chapter and its leadership was aware of it, said the report.Read More...