Lambda Chi formally charged in tailgating incident
UPDATE: Lambda Chi Alpha was informed on Tuesday by the Office of Student Conduct that it was being charged with two counts of disruptive conduct, two counts of harmful behavior, two counts of alcohol-related misconduct and failure to comply with university regulations in regard to the use of facilities, in a letter addressed to the organization's president.
Lambda Chi Alpha has been accused of violating UCF's student conduct policies — namely alcohol possession, public urination and trashing UCF property.
It all started when a student Lake Claire attendant noticed the fraternity in the Little Econ Pavilion on Sept. 19, the day before the Bethune-Cookman game. He believed the group intended to camp overnight at the location in order to reserve a good spot for tailgating. At around 11:20 p.m., an officer told them they had 10 minutes to leave or it would be considered trespassing.
The next day, Nathan Vink, assistant director of UCF's Outdoor Adventure, who reported the incidents, witnessed two members get into a fist fight. The altercation was quickly broken up by an officer, who said the student would receive a referral because he was cited earlier that day.
Vink also stated in the report that he saw a Lambda Chi member leave the Lake Claire boat house and return to the group. When he went to inspect the boat house, he found a puddle of liquid he believed to be urine. The student Lake Claire attendant also reported seeing the fraternity member stumble out of the boat house shortly before the puddle was discovered.
The area around where Lambda Chi was tailgating was also "a complete mess," according to Vink's report. The attendant said there were beer cans everywhere and the maintenance team refused to clean the area as it was the "messiest they have seen."
Later, a man was ticketed for peeing in public, and a fight broke out between two to three members of Lambda Chi Alpha.
The fraternity was also found to be drinking out of glass beer bottles, which is against UCF's tailgating regulations. Additionally, Greg Mason, director of fraternity and sorority housing, noted that it is against Greek policy for organizations to host tailgates with alcohol present within the first six weeks of school.
The group cleaned its area before leaving, but the attendant said they were clearly intoxicated.
This report has been submitted to Patricia MacKown, associate vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Services. From there, it will be reviewed and a course of action taken.
These reports come just one day after one of the fraternity's member was reportedly jumped by members of Kappa Sigma. To read more about this unrelated incident, click here: http://bit.ly/1BdLODn.