After over three years, sanctions imposed on the Delta Upsilon Fraternity due to the fraternity’s violation of alcohol policies in 2012 ended on Saturday.
Dean of Students Paul McLoughlin II found the fraternity adequately met the terms of their sanctions a week after DU members fulfilled their last requirement. They had to distribute maroon and white shirts at the first football game of the semester to form an “L” shape in the stands.
In addition to keeping their house alcohol free, the fraternity was required to help the college at college-wide events.
“[Lafayette College’s Student Conduct Committee] required the members of DU to essentially launch programs during high-risk weekends, what they considered high risk drinking weekends,” McLoughlin said, adding they were meant to work with the college on event hosting.
Such weekends include homecoming, the annual Lafayette-Lehigh football game, and the spring concert, he said, which in 2012 would have been called “All College Day.” DU’s last event to fulfill sanctions, organizing the “L” at the football game, took place on Sept. 5.
In April of 2012, the Student Conduct Committee levied sanctions against DU after finding that the fraternity violated alcohol policies, including referencing alcohol in event advertising, using alcohol irresponsibly and serving alcohol to underage students.
The sanctions were stipulated to last three years. The final event to fulfill the sanctions was supposed to occur at the end of last semester, but it was not completed, according to McLoughlin. The fraternity’s probation was extended to this semester due to the unsuccessful completion of the sanctions by the spring, according to Lafayette’s conduct report for Greek life.
Members of the fraternity handed out tickets at the beginning of the spring concert last semester for what was supposed to be the final event of their sanctions. Fraternity members were also supposed to stay after the concert to help deconstruct the stage, according to Director of Student Involvment Kristin Cothran, who worked with DU President John “Hayden” Jarboe ‘16 and McLoughlin to complete the sanctions.
“They just didn’t [clean up after the concert],” McLoughlin said, “which was problematic, because we had not hired outside contractors and outside labor to do that work, because we intended to have 25 men do that.”
“Their roll in the spring concert last spring would have been the end of three years, but they did not adequately fulfill the sanctions in our minds,” McLoughlin added. “So we asked them to work with us this fall on the very first football game [this year] to distribute the t-shirts, to get folks into the seats, into the ‘L’.”
Jarboe said he believed the ending of sanctions are only a sign of DU’s advance from the past.
“Coming off sanctions will have no bearing on how we operate,” Jarboe wrote in an email, “rather it will serve as a testament to the strides we have made as an organization over the last several years.”
McLoughlin and Cothran both recognized that the current members of the fraternity were not involved in the initial incidents for which they were sanctioned, and that it made it difficult for members to understand the purpose of sanctions.
“It is tough for a group of men who weren’t even here at the time when the sanctions were levied to understand the value of this work and what is expected of them to repay the harms to the community,” McLoughlin said.
“I think there are some very dedicated gentlemen who are fulfilling a sanction that was placed on them three years ago,” Cothran said. “You’re serving a sanction that you didn’t have any part of. That’s a hard pill to swallow.”