‘Watermelon Bash’ Lands Lambda Chi Alpha on Deferred Suspension

September 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

By Sarah Acosta
sacosta@smu.edu

The Gamma Sigma chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was placed on deferred suspension Monday night by the SMU Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Vice President of Student Affairs Lori White confirmed.

The office placed the fraternity on deferred suspension for the rest of the fall semester due to members’ behavior during the “Watermelon Bash” philanthropy event at Burleson Park on Sept. 19.

According to White, SMU received letters, emails, and University Park police reports with complaints of the Lambda Chi Alpha members’ behavior during the event.

“SMU has a code of conduct we expect our students to adhere to and this particular student organization violated those expectations,” White said.

According to University Park Police, a UP resident filed a complaint on the afternoon of Sept. 19 claiming that SMU students who attended Watermelon Bash were playing loud music and urinating in her yard.

Another report states that a UP officer spotted a female in “an intoxicated state” on sorority house property. The officer cited her for a being a minor in consumption.

Chapter president Harrison Kaufman declined comment Monday night, referring questions to the chapter advisor, who has not returned repeated calls.

White explained that under deferred suspension, the fraternity may not host any sponsored social activities — with or without alcohol — on or off campus.

In addition to these guidelines Lambda Chi Alpha must also complete the following:

  • Pay restitution of $1200 for damages done to Burleson Park to the city of University Park.
  • Pay $275 to SMU for damages done to the Val and Frank Late Fountain.
  • Complete a service project for the city of University Park.
  • Write apology letters to the city of University Park and neighbors of Burleson Park.

White confirmed that Lambda Chi Alpha alumni were notified of the complaints and were present at the fraternity’s chapter meeting Monday night.

She could not, however, confirm whether the chapter also has been placed on deferred suspension by its national administration.

Proceeds from the “Watermelon Bash” benefit the North Texas Food Bank organization.