Mississippi State fraternity put on probation

September 11, 2009 2:06:00 PM



Following a Sept. 3 incident and subsequent investigation, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Mississippi State 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. 


"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." 


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.