SMU Fraternity Suspended For 5 Years By Nationals Despite School Not Investigating Them

SMU Lambda Chi

Lambda Chi Alpha at Southern Methodist University has been suspended for 5 years by their national office. The 100-man chapter returned home from spring break to this brutal news. Pretty low move by nationals to make them go from an extreme high to being kicked in the nuts.

So what got them kicked off?

From the Dallas Morning News:

The national fraternity suspended the SMU chapter citing “multiple operational and new member incidents that violated the oaths and rules of our fraternity.”

So it sounds like hazing, right? New member incidents seem to always mean hazing. However, no one on campus really knows why they were suspended. In fact, the school itself wasn’t even investigating any allegations against the fraternity.

[SMU Spokeswoman Kim] Cobb said the university has received no reports of illegal activity or misconduct. If it did, it would review the allegations, she said.

Now that’s some bullshit. What did nationals know that the school didn’t? I would assume that an infraction big enough to boot a chapter for FIVE years would be big news on campus, maybe even national headlines. While their only explanation is that there were some “health and safety issues.” Okay.

Victor Beck, the former chapter president, released the following about the punishment.

From SMU Daily Campus:

“I believe I can speak for the whole chapter when I say that we are angry, upset and most of all disappointed in National’s decision,” Beck wrote. During this year’s rush, he wrote, the fraternity welcomed 44 new members. “We fell short in a couple of isolated instances that National viewed as a breach of our agreement … I can assure you that these mishaps were not extreme and did NOT warrant the punishment we were given.”

What’s with Lambda Chi and throwing out 5 year suspensions? This is the second one they’ve done this year, after they kicked off their Tennessee chapter for some soft hazing allegations.

The 21 members who lived in the house are being forced to move and have been offered housing by the school.

[via Dallas Morning News, SMU Daily Campus]

Image via Facebook/SMU Lambda Chi

  1. BoozinCruizin

    A simple “Fuck Nationals” doesn’t cut it. Ask for your money back.

    8 years ago at 2:39 pm
  2. Fratcinnati

    No due process at all for these men? Not even from their own national HQ? Jesus Christ…

    8 years ago at 2:46 pm
  3. Fratman begins

    I think it’s safe to say that all fraternity nationals suck but ours are taking it to another level. This isn’t the first time they’ve pulled some bullshit like this before, so I say lawyer up and fight back against this injustice. Stay strong my brothers, in ZAX.

    8 years ago at 2:49 pm
    1. Chops_On_Top

      GA this summer is going to be pivotal in both likely hearing appeals from these chapters and trying to block some of the bullshit legislation that HQ wants to pass.

      8 years ago at 2:53 pm
      1. TheBionicFrock

        HQ is trying to pass a six year sober period for newly founded chapters from what I heard

        8 years ago at 8:30 pm
      2. TheBionicFrock

        If any SMU brothers are reading this, did y’all have Kyle McCormick as your elc this year?

        8 years ago at 9:16 pm
      3. GDIfuckboi

        I’m from the southeast chapter and we had him. He was a total dick and was just looking for a reason to get us in trouble

        8 years ago at 9:58 pm
    2. Mitchell529

      It also doesn’t help that the ELC for that area is a total douche. He knocked me as kappa for not having associates give me weekly reviews for how I was doing.

      8 years ago at 8:48 am
  4. Kooptroop123

    Obviously a lot to the story we haven’t been told about. Junior year someone in our house reported us to nationals and they conducted membership investigations without notifying the university. They acted like they were considering taking our charter and upwards of like 10 people were kicked out. University never found out despite the allegations violating their policies as well.

    8 years ago at 2:54 pm
    1. Kooptroop123

      To further elaborate, the new policy of nationals is to get ahead of any potential controversy and separate themselves as much as possible.

      8 years ago at 2:56 pm
      1. 1_Rugey_Jentelman

        That’s where due process is supposed to enter, but doesn’t, sadly. Even better, up next should be the opportunity to repent – the learning and growing portion of being a fraternity man. Obviously, your fuck ups have a limit based on number and severity, but… the big, scary media [perceived] backlash is strangling our bonds with brothers in national offices.

        8 years ago at 4:53 pm
  5. Coolnamewastaken

    No appeal offered by nationals? I might consider it time to earn that suspension.

    8 years ago at 3:30 pm
  6. BloodyBunghole

    I’m an asshole,
    I’m an asshole,
    I’m an AAAASSSSSS-hole ’til I die,
    But I’d rather
    be an asshole
    than a smelly
    Lambda Chi!

    (drop the mike)

    8 years ago at 4:34 pm
  7. OneFratTwoFratRedFratBlueFrat

    Unreal. Our nationals are some of the biggest fucks ever. God forbid we’re allowed to be given a second chance. It’s not like that’s one of the most stressed things in our fraternity history. #FuckHeadquarters.

    8 years ago at 7:48 pm
  8. SharkWeekTFM

    To me it makes more sense for a fraternity to regulate themselves and the school to stay out of it. If a chapter is so off its game as to let nationals catch wind of something, they’re doing something wrong. I’m not saying 5 years is fair. I’m saying that it’s respectable to see a fraternity policing itself out of respect and fidelity to its core principals.

    8 years ago at 8:10 pm