Registered Student Organization (RSO) Conduct Report

Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Student Organization Conduct Report includes  findings of responsibility not only for hazing reports as required by Va. Code § 23.1-822 (Adam’s Law) but also for all other violations by a student organization of the Student Code of Conduct since August 16, 2021. This report is designed to be broad in scope to help students interested in joining a VCU student organization make informed decisions about their participation and includes findings of responsibility for violations of the Student Code of Conduct by all student organizations, including Registered Student Organizations. Charges for which a student organization was found not responsible are not included in this report. The university continues to consider the best practices for reporting student organization conduct and will revise the content and format of this report as needed. Prospective members of student organizations who have questions about interpreting information on this report may seek clarification from Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI) at stuconduct@vcu.edu. Suggestions for revising and improving this report can also be forwarded to SCAI via this email address as well.  

The following organizations are unauthorized to operate as a student organization at VCU following violation of the Student Code of Conduct (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Delta Chi Fraternity, permanently lost recognition, May 28, 2021.
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, suspended from May 12, 2022, until May 16, 2026.
  • Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, suspended from December 8, 2021, until January 1, 2024.
  • Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), registered organization, suspended June 6, 2022, until December 17, 2022*
In addition, the following organization(s) are on interim suspension (under Section V.B of the Student Code of Conduct) because the organization is reasonably believed to pose a threat that may involve a significant risk to the health or safety of any member of the University community, to University property, or to University operations, or the educational process. An interim suspension is also authorized upon information that an organization has been or is likely to be charged with a violation of VCU policy or state or federal law involving acts of violence or other serious conduct that would reasonably support a finding that the organization is not fit to remain a part of the University community, pending the outcome of university or legal proceedings.

Interim suspension is a temporary protective measure based on allegations that are under investigation; it does not indicate that an organization has been found responsible for prohibited conduct, and it is not a disciplinary sanction. If an organization is found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct, the finding and sanction will be incorporated into the report.
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, as of September 17, 2022.
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc., as of October 28, 2022.

VCU will regularly update the detailed report below before the fall and spring semesters. Each report will note the date of the last update. For ease of use, the information is presented by student organization name, in alphabetical order.   

Last updated: August 12, 2022.

*The detailed report below will be updated for spring 2023

Definitions 

  • Censure is a written notice warning to the respondent to avoid a recurrence of any conduct that violates this policy and/or any university policy. Subsequent violations of this policy or any university policy may result in more severe disciplinary action.

  • Deferred suspension is a designated period during which a respondent is given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Subsequent violations of the Student Code of Conduct during the term of deferred suspension will result in suspension.  

  • Disciplinary probation is a specified period, a minimum of one semester, requiring the respondent to avoid a recurrence of any conduct that violates this policy and/or any university policy that may result in additional university sanctions including but not limited to suspension or expulsion.

  • Educational Experiences are learning opportunities, including but not limited to, community service, drug, and alcohol education, and written papers, designated to be completed by the respondent. Examples include:
     
    • Event Management Meeting - This is an educational sanction facilitated by the Fraternity/Sorority Life staff where chapter/organization leadership works on proper planning and executing chapter/organization social events.
    • Ladder of Risk - Educational program facilitated by the Fraternity/Sorority Life staff that covers risk management/harm reduction practices and education on alcohol, other drugs, and hazing policies for any student organization.
    • New Member Education Plan Review, Revision, and Approval - This is an educational sanction facilitated by an adviser to the organization where they identify any existing practices that violate the Hazing Prevention and Discipline policy, eliminate those practices, and replace them with practices that promote a healthy group experience.
    • Professional Development Series: A professional development series facilitated by the group’s sponsor to assist the organization in aligning its goals and activities with the best professional practices of the group’s sponsor (e.g. an academic unit).  
  • Loss of Privileges - This sanction is when a specific privilege of a student organization is temporarily suspended. This can include but is not limited to, the ability to reserve space on campus, participate in campus-wide activities, or host social events.

  • Suspension is the removal of a respondent for a defined period, generally up to eight (8) semesters, during which a respondent loses all university privileges, which generally includes access to facilities, programs, classes, and premises. The terms of suspension for a student organization may require the organization to satisfy certain conditions before it may resume operations following suspension.

Registered Student Organization (RSO) Conduct Report (Fall 2022)

 

Registered Student Organization (RSO) Conduct Report (Spring 2022)