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MSU fraternity put on probation


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Nearly a dozen Mississippi State University students were issued citations and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was placed on probation in the wake of a Sept. 3 fraternity house party that violated the school''s code of conduct, university officials said Friday. 


The fraternity is being placed on probation through May 15, 2010. The university''s Epsilon-Chi Zeta chapter also faces sanctions from the fraternity''s national office, according to a MSU press release. 


"The chapter has admitted its responsibility for violating Mississippi State University''s Code of Student Conduct, and it will face the penalties," said Bill Kibler, vice president for student affairs. "We consider the penalties appropriate to the seriousness of the actions." 


On Sept. 3, the MSU Police Department executed a search warrant at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house, located on Sheely Circle, after hearing allegations of multiple alcohol violations and a possible sexual assault, according to a Mississippi State University release. Officers were assisted by the Starkville Police Department and Oktibbeha County Sheriff''s Office. 


The fraternity admitted to charges that included holding an unauthorized party and violation of university alcohol policies. 


Terms of the probation include: 


  • Organizational activities limited to internal business meetings and member recruitment through Dec. 31, 2009. 


  • From Jan. 1-May 15, 2010, activities limited to "alcohol-free" events, all of which must be approved by appropriate university authorities. 


  • Completion by all members of an alcohol education class through the dean of students'' office. 


  • Sponsorship of an educational speaker for all MSU Greek organizations on a topic that benefits the needs of the community. 


  • Progress reports submitted to the university every three months.


    "Failure to comply with any of these terms, as well as substantial terms from the national fraternity, can result in additional sanctions," Kibler said. 


    Additionally, individual students are facing legal repercussions. 


    "We had nine students who were issued minor and possession citations; several others were referred to the Dean of Students'' office," MSU Police Department Chief Georgia Lindley said. 


    The university did not identify the students who were issued citations.




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